Petersburg School Board will hold a regular meeting Tuesday evening to vote on updates to the district’s science curriculum and new high school courses.
The State set new science standards so the board will vote on updates to the science curriculums at the secondary schools and at the elementary. The school board’s curriculum committee has reviewed and aligned the courses to the meet the standards.
Principal Rick Dormer will be presenting a few new courses available at the high school next year. One is a required semester course for freshman called Freshman Success Course. It focuses on social, emotional, and academic skills. Another new high school course is a semester-long social studies elective on World War II and the Holocaust.
The school board will be discussing a new board policy and updating language for others. They’ll consider a policy allowing video surveillance of public areas on campus as a way to deter criminal activity and student misconduct such as theft, break-ins, and bullying. The Alaska Gateway School District in Tok has adopted a similar policy.
The school board will hear about new resignations, which include both first grade teachers. Debby Eddy and Laura Allison have both turned in their notices. Eddy’s husband, Jamie Eddy, who teaches fourth grade this year, turned in his resignation last month.
The school district’s support personnel union has sent a letter to the district that they intend to open contract negotiations. The current three-year agreement ends June 30 so this is part of the regular negotiating cycle.
The school board will also hear administrative reports from the superintendent, the principals, the activities director, and the finance director.
The regular school board meeting will be in-person at 6 p.m. in the Petersburg High School library. Starting the meeting off will be a student presentation on high schoolers who returned from a trip to Washington D.C. as part of the Close Up program.
KFSK will be broadcasting the meeting live. You can stream it at KFSK.org or listen on your radio.
Also, tune in to KFSK today at 12:30 p.m. for Campus Connection, a call-in with school district officials.
Here is the full agenda for the meeting.