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School Board to vote on background checks

The Ketchikan School Board will consider policy updates, grants, and teacher contracts at its Wednesday meeting.

The Board will vote on whether to require background checks for volunteer chaperones on overnight trips. The recommendation came from a school safety committee formed earlier this year. If the Board approves the change, it will go into effect in the upcoming school year.

An $837,000 grant titled “The Alaska Digital Academies” is on the table for School Board approval. The state-funded grant would establish more collaboration between Ketchikan and Annette Island, Craig, Klawock, Hydaburg, and Southeast Island School District to provide distance delivery classes.

A wellness grant that was not funded a few months ago is now fully funded. The Board will vote on whether to accept the state-funded Obesity Prevention Grant for $150,000 per year for three years. The grant would fund a wellness coordinator position and a PE teacher.

The Board will consider teaching contracts for Darby Mainardi at Point Higgins Elementary, Peter Stanton at KIC Tribal Scholars, and Elizabeth Hanson at Tongass School of Arts and Sciences.

The Board also will get a chance to review the Ketchikan School District FY ’15 budget that was submitted to the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for approval.

The School Board 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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