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School Board to vote on ferry Internet, laptops

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board will vote tomorrow on a resolution calling for Internet access on Alaska Marine Highway ferries.

Board members discussed the need for the Internet access at a meeting earlier this month, pointing out the large number of students who have traveled on the ferries recently for regional basketball games. According to Superintendent Robert Boyle, Internet access on ferries will allow students to complete their studies while on the road.

Also on Wednesday’s agenda is a motion to approve the purchase of 45 MacBook Air laptops for Schoenbar Middle School’s one-to-one program. The total cost of the laptops is more than 50 thousand dollars.

While formal discussion of the 2014 budget is not on the agenda, Superintendent Boyle outlined two options in his report to the Board. Both would use unspent carryover funds from the previous year.

At the last School Board meeting Superintendent Boyle advised against using carryover funds to fill an anticipated budget gap, saying it would be “bad management.”

The School Board meets at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Borough Assembly Chambers in the White Cliff Building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.

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