Wednesday is the first day of school for about 4,700 students across Juneau.
School District Superintendent Mark Miller said there isn’t any major new infrastructure or technology to talk up this year because of the budget crunch.
“No!” he said. “We’re trying to hold it together and we spent the summer cleaning up and getting it as shiny as we can.”
He reminds commuters to be alert and that the early days of school can create some delays.
“Well, especially for our elementaries, right around 8 a.m. is going to be rough,” he said. “Especially those first few weeks of school where parents tend to drive their students who later on in the year are more likely to walk.”
He said to expect some backups around Harborview Elementary School downtown. He asks drivers — especially near Gastineau Elementary School in Douglas — to be mindful of the flashing school zone lights that lower speed limits to 15 or 20 mph.
Miller has one other request: “Just tell everyone welcome back to school for me.”
Kindergarten begins Monday, Aug. 21. Pre-K begins next Wednesday, Aug. 23.
- Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg heard oral arguments in a lawsuit on the issue. He said he’ll try to reach a decision as quickly as he can.
- Walker said he has spoken several times with U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, whose vote could help determine the bill’s fate.
- State transportation crews are removing political campaign signs along state rights-of-way. Alaska law largely forbids signs anywhere visible from the roadway.
- The University of Alaska is offering up 400 acres of its Haines-area land for timber harvest. The timing of the university’s decision was motivated by a conversation happening at the local level. The Haines Planning Commission is considering whether to restrict resource extraction in the Mud Bay area.