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School Board to talk resolutions for AASB

Three issues the Ketchikan School Board has debated throughout the past school year will be up for debate again at Wednesday’s meeting: financing for student travel, Intensive Needs funding and nutrition rules.

Each topic is addressed in resolutions the Ketchikan School Board hopes to pass on to the Association of Alaska School Boards, or AASB, for consideration. If AASB agrees, the issues would become part of that group’s state lobbying efforts.

The first resolution asks the state Legislature to establish funding that would help pay for student travel to state-level competitions and festivals.

The second request is a protection for school districts that experience last-minute changes in their Intensive Needs student numbers. The schools receive much more state money for Intensive Needs students. If those students leave, it creates a financial hole.

The third resolution asks the state Department of Education to establish a measure allowing exemptions to the federal Smart Snack standards. The standards are part of the Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act, which has strict nutrition standards for snacks sold at school fundraising events.

The School Board also will discuss changing the regular meeting start time from 6 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In the consent calendar, there is a teaching contract for Mark Insteness as a special education teacher at Tongass School of Arts and Sciences.

The School Board meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the White Cliff Building.

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