The Ketchikan School Board will convene Wednesday for a discussion-laden regular meeting with only one item of new business on the agenda.
Discussion will include review of the superintendent's goals, proposed policy changes from the Alaska Association of School Boards and the board's annual agenda over the next 12 months.
Also at the meeting, Superintendent Beth Lougee will present more information to the board regarding the Ketchikan School District's Smart Start 2020 fall reopening plan.
Recognizing Sarah Campbell
The board will begin its meeting by recognizing Ketchikan High School English teacher Sarah Campbell for her receipt of the 2020 Sanford Teacher Award.
The annual award, established by philanthropist Denny Sanford, is given to one teacher in each state and in the District of Columbia for work to develop the social and emotional skills of young people, according to the National University System, the organization that gives the awards.
Reopening plan update
Lougee will present the board with an update on the district's plan to partially reopen schools in the fall. The plan, which would alternate in-person and remote learning methods, has been met with skepticism from many parents who are questioning whether learning can continue as normal with remote teaching methods.
Approval of budget transfers
As the 2020 fiscal year draws to a close, the School Board will consider a motion to approve routine budget transfers for the 2020 fiscal year budget.
The line item transfers would total $1.36 million and would not require any additional funds.
Board members will review a set of new board policies and administrative regulations being recommended by AASB. The policies relate to facility and equipment maintenance, maintaining professional boundaries between staff and students and giving full-time district employees more sick leave for COVID-19.
None of the recommended policies have been approved yet, Board President Bridget Mattson explained in a Tuesday message to the Daily News. The board could vote on Wednesday to place the policies on a future meeting agenda for first reading, however.
Also, the board will review the existing administrative regulation by which students can transfer to other schools in the district. The recommended change came from Lougee. The change would more precisely define the classroom enrollment the district would like to maintain. It also would add a level of consultation for students wishing to transfer between schools.
The board will discuss the results of the School Climate and Connectedness Survey as part of its goal for the 2020-21 school year. Board members also will review the board's annual agenda, which spans July 2020 to June 2021, and will review the superintendent's goals for the upcoming school year.
Finally, the School Board will discuss the results of the board's government-to-government consultation with Ketchikan Indian Community. Mattson and fellow board members Sonya Skan and Tom Heutte met with members of KIC on Thursday to discuss how best to use the resources of both entities.
The board will go into two executive sessions near the end of Wednesday's meeting. The first will pertain to negotiations with district administrative assistants, with whom the board has been negotiating in executive sessions since May 27.
The board next will enter executive session to discuss "Superintendent/Board Relations, a matter the immediate knowledge of which would clearly have an adverse effect upon the finances of the school district," the agenda states.
Mattson clarified in a Tuesday phone interview that the second executive session will allow board members to ask Lougee about school operations decisions without disclosing to the public any information that might have financial consequences for the district.
Wednesday's meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly chambers at 1900 First Ave. There will be time for public comment near the start of the meeting.
The full meeting agenda can be found on the district's website at bit.ly/2VdiqAS.
The results of the School Climate and Connectedness Survey can be found on the district's website at bit.ly/37TuhsO.