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Board approves 5 new goals, updated curriculum

The Ketchikan School Board unanimously approved five board goals Wednesday, as well as updated curriculum for district art and music programs.

The goals had been discussed at a previous work session, and were split into three categories. In the Instruction category, the board will continue providing digital access and learning to students regardless of their socioeconomic status; and will continue the school district’s universal preschool program through 2014.

In the Environment category, the board affirms its support for various programs, such as positive behavior support and Response to Intervention.

In the Community category, the board has two goals: To seek community involvement and communication; and to work with the community to reduce dropout and truancy rates.

Board Member Misty Archibald had been absent for the work session because of illness. She said she’s pleased with the community goals.

“I think it’s really important to continue to seek community involvement and communication through multiple platforms,” she said. “Although I know at times it’s been pretty frustrating, and it can be getting the amount of participation that we want to get. I think it’s really important that we keep forging ahead.”

Board Member Colleen Scanlon also had been absent for the work session because of the flu.

“I am thrilled to see that we have a goal of the digital access and learning to all students regardless of their socioeconomic status,” she said. “Since the day I started on this board, I have talked about this and I’m happy to see it. And I as well believe in the community involvement and that we as a board need to do whatever we can to get the community involved in their children’s education.”

Also Wednesday, the board canceled the second meeting of December, which would have been the day after Christmas, and changed January meetings dates to Jan. 16th and Jan. 30th.

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