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Superintendent: Ketchikan earns more stars

The Ketchikan School Board meets in regular session Wednesday night, and among the items in the superintendent’s report is the news that Ketchikan schools scored higher than previous years on the Alaska School Performance Index.

In his report, Robert Boyle says the preliminary results are released to districts before the official release on Aug. 22. He says that Point Higgins Elementary School and the Ketchikan Regional Youth Facility earned 5 stars each, the highest rating.

Elementary schools that earned four stars were Fawn Mountain, Houghtaling, Tongass School of Arts and Sciences and Ketchikan Charter School. Also earning four stars were Schoenbar Middle School and Ketchikan High School.

Revilla Alternative School and Fast Track earned three stars, but Boyle reports that Revilla was very close to the level needed for a four-star rating.

Under new business, the School Board will consider a list of projects for a six-year capital improvement plan. That plan will be submitted to the state Department of Education. The big-ticket item is more than $5 million for three projects at Ketchikan High School. That would help pay for security upgrades, biomass boilers and an emergency generator.

The board also will discuss a potential change to its regular meeting day and time, and how it schedules work sessions.

The Ketchikan School Board meeting starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday 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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