Petersburg School Board is meeting tonight for a relatively short agenda.

The board will be voting on whether to change leave options for staff regarding COVID cases. Board members will consider allowing staff to use five paid administrative days instead of sick leave if they contract COVID or are caring for a family member who has COVID or is a close contact and isn’t eligible to be vaccinated. This option would expire at the end of this year. 

The board will also be hearing a presentation on the statewide assessments known as PEAKS (Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools) by Bridget Wittstock, who helps coordinate testing for the district.

At the start of the meeting the board will do a ceremonial swearing in of newly elected member, Carey Case. She was chosen by voters in last week’s municipal election to take over the seat of Cheryl File, who did not run again. Incumbent Jay Lister is the other board member chosen by voters but he doesn’t need to take a new oath. Officers for the board will be reorganized as well.

The school board will also hear administrative reports from the superintendent, the principals, and the activities director.

The regular school board meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Petersburg High School library and via Ring Central video conferencing.

KFSK will be broadcasting the meeting live. To listen, you can stream it online at The public can participate during comments from the audience. To participate on Ring Central, mail the district office before the meeting to get the password for the videoconference. Those email addresses are: or Or call the office at (877)-526-7656.

Also, tune in to KFSK today at 12:30 for Campus Connection, a call-in with school district officials who will be talking about tonight’s meeting.