Juneau Superior Court Judge Phillip Pallenberg administered the oath of office. Thurston begins her second term on the board, while Worl starts her first term as an elected member. She was appointed to the board last December to the fill a vacancy. Both ran unopposed.
The new board then organized for the year, re-electing Sally Saddler as president, Sean O’Brien as vice president and Andi Story as clerk of the board. No one was else was nominated for the leadership positions.
The three meet once a month with district superintendent Glenn Gelbrich to set the agenda for the board’s regular monthly meeting. After the election, Saddler indicated that other board members will be invited to sit in on that process this year.
Tuesday’s agenda was very long. The meeting started at 6:15 p.m. and was still going on more than five hours later.
- Not all staff per diem claim forms have been received, so that figure is likely to rise.
- Instead of Negro, Oriental, Eskimo and Aleut, certain laws will now refer to African Americans, Asian Americans and Alaska Natives.
- The state is granting nearly $300,000 to improve water quality in some of Alaska's most damaged watersheds, including Juneau's orange-tinted Duck Creek.
- More than a third of all the penalties imposed since 1976 were logged last year.