When the Sitka Assembly and the school board met last week to discuss next year’s school district budget, the news from Canada cast considerable uncertainty over how much funding would be available.
Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed budget does away with about 25% of K-12 funding and cuts the University of Alaska system’s funding by 41%. Sitka School District’s superintendent says, “If implemented, it will decimate public education in Alaska.”
Gov. Michael Dunleavy proposed doing away with $20 million in education funding approved by the Legislature in 2018. Superintendents and lawmakers say school districts were counting on that money, and many have already started spending it.
The Sitka School District’s counselors are taking the offensive as the administration begins to outline next year’s budget. Counselors from every building shared an hour-by-hour look into their work days on Dec. 4 for the Sitka School Board, and the range of emotional and behavioral issues they typically address.
The City and Borough of Sitka voted to use license fees charged to prospective marijuana businesses to pay for student travel.
Brandon J. Snyder, 33, was dismissed on Monday from his position at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska as the Home to School liaison for the tribe’s language and education department.
Sitka’s Fish-to-Schools program was one of the featured presentations last week at a regional meeting on sustainable food systems.
“These kiddos are going to get to finish and complete their term of service and feel valued,” says Sitka AmeriCorps Coordinator Faith Lee.
A pro-life group remains concerned over Planned Parenthood’s involvement in health instruction at Blatchley Middle School last fall, even though the curriculum is no longer being taught.