School administrators are not back to work yet so they are not scheduled to give reports to the board nor is the finance director but there will be updates from the superintendent and maintenance director.
The school board is scheduled to vote on a list of capitol projects for the district. The Alaska Department of Education requires districts to submit a list of projects for the next six years for statewide ranking for possible legislative funding.
There are a dozen projects on Petersburg’s list that the maintenance department is requesting funding for fiscal year 2019. They include replacement boilers for the middle and high schools, district-wide food service renovations, replacing an underground storage tank for the middle and high school, renovating the middle school entry, and upgrading the LED lighting in both gymnasiums.
The school board’s policy committee continues to review the Association of Alaska School Board’s recommended changes. The policies that the committee are going over now involve the following topics: report cards, purchasing procedures, bids, nondiscrimination in employment, legal status requirement, evaluation and supervision, certified staff development, education for homeless children and children in foster care, restraint and seclusion, college and career readiness assessments, and child find. The board is expected to approve the new policy changes at the meeting.
The state legislature passed an operating budget at the end of June that flat funds education. The school board had already passed a conservative budget earlier in June. Finance Director, Karen Quitslund, has been out of town and says there will be a budget revision forthcoming as the start of school approaches.
There are two school board seats that are up for election in October, one is a three-year term and the other is a two-year term. The seats for Board President Sarah Holmgrain and Board member Brandi Thynes are open. People interested in running are required to file for borough candidacy by Aug. 22.
The school board will be meeting in the high school library Tuesday at 7 p.m. KFSK will broadcast the meeting live. Also, tune in Tuesday for Campus Connection, a call-in program with district officials who will be discussing the meeting agenda and other educational topics. Campus Connection follows the Midday Magazine at 12:30 p.m.