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Calendars, ferry internet access on board agenda

School district calendars and a possible resolution supporting internet access for students traveling by ferry will be discussed during Wednesday’s Ketchikan School Board meeting.

The board already has approved next year’s school calendar, but will review it along with the not-yet-approved 2014-2015 calendar.

The proposed start day for school in fall of 2014 is Sept. 2nd. The draft calendar calls for June 2nd, 2015, as the last day for that school year.

The resolution calling for internet access was written by the superintendent of the Haines Borough School District, but its message could apply to any Southeast Alaska school.

The resolution points out that many students travel by ferry to and from sports or academic competitions or activities, which removes those students from the classroom. With a high-speed internet connection, the students could remain connected to their teachers and classwork while traveling on the Alaska Marine Highway System.

The resolution asks the State of Alaska to provide the resources needed for the ferry system to install wireless service.

Those two items are for discussion only and are unlikely to result in a vote by the board.

The board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on renewing an administrative contract with Tongass School of Arts and Sciences principal Marian Gonzales.

The board meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers at the White Cliff Building. Public comment will be heard at the beginning and end of the meeting.

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