JESS tentative agreement; principal finalists to be interviewed

The Juneau School District has reached a tentative agreement with Juneau Support Staff for a new three-year contract.

The two sides have been negotiating since early January. The current contract expires at the end of June.

JESS represents more than 300 of the district’s 745 staff members. It includes office and instructional support staff, school nurses, RALLY, as well as maintenance and custodial personnel.

JESS president Cricket Curtain says few details are being released at this time, because members are currently on spring break. But she says negotiations with the district went well.

“It was very good,” Curtain says. “I thought both sides worked very well together and came to an agreement we can all live with.”

JESS members are scheduled to vote on the new contract on Saturday, April 14. The Juneau School Board will vote on it a few days later. Details of the agreement will be released after it is ratified.

The district is still negotiating with the Juneau Education Association, which represents teachers.

Interviews for DZ assistant principal finalists
Candidates for assistant principal for Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School will be interviewed next week.

After a nationwide search, four finalists have been selected. The public is invited to participate in the interviews on Wednesday (March 28), in the Dzantik’i Heeni Library.

Two of the candidates are from Juneau. Kristy Germain has taught at JDHS since 2003, and is also a student advisor. She has a bachelor’s degree from Albertson College of Idaho and two education masters’ degrees from the University of Alaska Southeast.

Tim Fraychineaud is currently completing his master of educational leadership at UAS. He has taught at Thunder Mountain High School and in Washington state. Fraychineaud has a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington at Tacoma, and a bachelor’s from California State at Chico.

Sondra Lundvick is presently teaching at Metlakatla. She’s taught high school in Texas, and coached basketball at Northern Illinois University and Texas Christian. Lundvick has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Lamar University in Texas, and another masters from Northern Illinois.

Eric Serbus
, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, is the fourth candidate for DZ assistant principal. He’s taught or worked in administration since 2000 in Prior Lake. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees come from Saint John’s, Saint Mary’s and St. Thomas universities, all in Minnesota.

Candidate interviews scheduled for Gastineau principal
Two finalists for Gastineau Elementary School principal will visit the school on April 4th and 5th. A community open house is April 4th , with interviews the following day.

One candidate, Brenda Edwards, is from Juneau. She’s been teaching in the Juneau School District since 2005, including in the Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy program. Edwards’ bachelor’s degree is from the University of California Los Angeles. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching from UAS.

Jacquelyn Howland is from Placentia, California, where she’s worked in administration and professional development for more than a decade. Howland also has teaching experience. Her degrees are from California State at Fullerton, and Pepperdine University at Malibu.

Click here for the interview schedule for both positions.