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Board to vote on computer training, library costs

The board will vote Wednesday to approve $27,000 for staff training on Apple computers. Sixty Apple laptops were recently purchased for the district’s elementary program; there was some debate within the board over the cost of Apples versus other brands.

Also on the agenda is a motion to approve the district’s portion of the operating costs for the First City Library System. The annual cost of the library system, which is shared by the City of Ketchikan, the University of Alaska Southeast and the School District, is determined by the number of books within the system. The School District’s contribution for the year will be almost $41,000. That is an increase of more than $1,000 from last year, reflecting an increase of books in the School District’s circulation.

The board also will vote on teaching contracts for five new teachers. It also is slated to accept the resignation of Robert  Hammer, a physical education teacher at Kayhi. In his formal resignation letter to the School Board, Hammer states that after more than 35 years of service, retirement “seems about right.”

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