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School Board to talk funding and grants

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board will discuss a range of funding issues at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

According to a memo from Superintendent Robert Boyle, state funding for the school district approved by the Alaska legislature exceeds what was expected. Boyle adds that Borough and school district officials are working on a plan for the school district’s FY ’15 budget.

The Board will vote again on an updated draft of the Student Nutrition and Physical Activity policy, which would align the school district with the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. There has been discussion on whether the policy will limit students’ ability to fundraise by selling concessions at after school events.

There are several grant applications lined up for the Board to vote on. One is a Title VI  Preschool Grant, which would help fund a preschool teacher for students with disabilities.

Another is the Obesity Prevention Grant. This grant would fund a physical education teacher at the elementary school level.

There are several letters of resignation from teachers included in the School Board packet. The Board will vote on contracts for new hires to replace some of the teachers retiring. They include: a careers and business education teacher at Kayhi, an English as a Second Language teacher at Kayhi, and a sixth-grade teacher at Point Higgins.

The Board also will vote on a contract for James Sines as assistant principal of Houghtaling Elementary School.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in 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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