KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Ketchikan School Board will meet on Wednesday with no standalone items of new or unfinished business on its agenda. Three teaching contracts on the board’s consent calendar stand as the only items on the agenda that will require board action.

First on the list of teaching contracts is one for Rebecca Mike to teach sixth grade at Houghtaling Elementary School. Currently, she is employed as a paraprofessional at Houghtaling, and spent two years teaching at Tongass School of Arts and Sciences. Approval of her contract would commit the district to about $90,687, according to the meeting agenda.

The remaining two teaching contracts are for Desirae Blake, who would be teaching first grade at Houghtaling at a cost to the district of about $93,118, and Michaela Leslie, who would be a special education teacher at TSAS for an estimated cost of $82,674.

After considering the teaching contracts, the board will move to discussion. Board members will discuss among themselves a meeting with Ketchikan Indian Community that convened on Sept. 1. The board then will talk about a draft of an update to the district administration’s hierarchy chart.

Finally, the board will enter executive sessions near the end of its meeting to discuss negotiations for annex lease agreements that will allow students to properly social for proper social distancing in classrooms and then to discuss the financial standing of the district’s food service program. Both matters will be considered in executive sessions — which are closed to the public — to avoid disclosing information that “would clearly have an adverse effect upon the finances of the school district,” according to the agenda.

Wednesday’s meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly chambers at 1900 First Ave. The meeting can be watched live on the district’s website at

The full meeting agenda can be found on the district’s website at There will be time for public comment near the start of the meeting.