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School Board to consider last-minute teacher hires

HoughtalingThe Ketchikan School Board on Wednesday night will consider new teacher positions at two elementary schools and technology purchases for the Alaska Digital Academy.

African Children’s Choir talks touring Alaska

The choir is made up of 18 children from Uganda between ages 9 and 12.Ketchikan was one of several Alaska stops for the African Children’s Choir. The choir is made up of 18 Ugandan children. They were recruited by the Music for Life charity, a Christian organization that educates kids in countries throughout Africa.

Student greenhouses prompt Thorne Bay restaurant purchase

A students works in the Thorne Bay greenhouse.There are no restaurants in the approximately 500-person town of Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island. But that looks like it’s going to change.

2 schools move forward with last-minute hires

Houghtaling second graders at lunch.Last-minute increases in enrollment caused two Ketchikan elementary schools to scramble for additional classrooms. Both of the schools have new classrooms in place, and they’re moving closer to finalizing the new teacher contracts.

Another last-minute hire due to school enrollment

Houghtaling teacher Meredith Lundamo lines up her second graders for lunch.Ketchikan school enrollment has increased each year since 2010. This year, that’s caused problems for two elementary schools.

Report: Ketchikan needs to improve school safety

Students walk to class at Schoenbar Middle SchoolKetchikan has an “it won’t happen here” attitude that contributes to some lax safety standards at local schools. That is one of the findings in a draft safety assessment of the Ketchikan School District from an outside non-profit.

Ketchikan School Board to talk school enrollment

Houghtaling second graders at lunch on their second day of school.The Ketchikan School Board will vote on adding a new teaching position at Houghtaling Elementary School at its Wednesday night meeting.

Police offer safety assessments

Officers Travers and Sivertsen discuss safety at KRBD.In June, the Ketchikan Police Department made safety assessments available for local businesses. They look for potential weak spots, and see how prepared a workplace might be for anything from a natural disaster to a vandalism.

Candidate for public office banned from rec center

RecCenterKevin Staples was banned from the rec center for three months after he left a "hateful" note on the windshield of a car parked there.

Houghtaling gets last minute additional class

HoughtalingJust a few days before the start of the school year, the Ketchikan School District is hiring a third second-grade teacher at Houghtaling Elementary School.