For the third year in a row, more than 300 Juneau second-graders visited the building’s clan house and exhibit for a cultural excursion. The field trip is part of Any Given Child Juneau, an initiative to expand arts education locally and backed by the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
The Juneau School District has completed its annual count of student attendance. About 4,679 students attend school this year — 105 fewer than last year. While the difference may seem small, the impact could be significant.
Thunder Mountain High School students, coaches and parents came together Tuesday night, but not for a game. They showed up to the Board of Education meeting to voice concern about the recent decision to merge their football team with Juneau-Douglas High School’s.
The Alaska School Activities Association has approved a request from the Juneau School District to combine its high school football teams and cheer squads beginning next fall. The request was approved by a 4-1 vote at Thursday’s ASAA Board of Directors meeting.
“I can tell the kids, yeah, when I was an engineer I did this, but that was a long time ago and it doesn’t have the same credibility as somebody who’s actually doing it day to day,” said Carol May, a former engineer who now teaches statistics and computer science at TMHS.
The Juneau School District wants to consolidate its two high school football programs and cheer squads. Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that the decision to send a formal request to the Alaska School Activities Association has been two years in the making.
Local education officials are applying for state money to replace and repair leaky roofs at several Juneau schools. About $5 million is coming in over the next five years earmarked for school maintenance from sales tax money that voters approved in the Oct. 3 election.