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Final school district budget hearing Wednesday

Final adoption of a nearly $30 million operating budget is the top item on the Ketchikan School Board meeting agenda Wednesday night.

A public hearing will kick off the meeting. It will be the second hearing on the budget, which is due by May 1 for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly to review.

The budget passed unanimously after its initial hearing on April 10.

Also Wednesday, the Board will consider a $63,000 purchase of laptops for elementary students. That motion had been delayed after board members asked for more information about why the district chooses Apple computers, which are more expensive.

Curriculum Director Linda Hardin writes in a memo that the district started with Apple many years ago, and has stayed with that brand because of software compatibility, and an easier training process.

She adds that Apple products are well made, and last a long time.

The Ketchikan School Board meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.

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