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School Board to review FY2015 budget

At its Wednesday evening meeting, the Ketchikan School Board will take a last look at the Fiscal Year ’15 budget before it proceeds to its final public hearing.

Superintendent Robert Boyle said in a memo to the Board that the district expects to maintain programs, including the elementary music program, with the exception of preschool.

The current budget reduction would fund one preschool classroom at Houghtaling Elementary School, instead of the two that enrollment in the program calls for. Boyle cited reductions in state and borough funding as reasons for these cuts.

Members of the public can comment on the budget at the School Board meetings or during public budget hearings on Tuesday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at the Ketchikan High School Library.

The Board also will vote on whether to approve a $130,000 director of curriculum contract for Shannon Sines. Sines would replace Dr. Linda Hardin, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Sines is currently the director of curriculum for the Franklin School District in Zanesville, Ohio.

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

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