Author Archives: Emily Files

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.

Fawn Mountain honored by National PTA

The National PTA chose Fawn Mountain as one of 170 schools across the country for the 2014-2016 National PTA Schools of Excellence achievement.

Should there be limits on school enrollment?

First and second graders at Tongass School of Arts and Sciences.Two Houghtaling Elementary School staff said their second grade classrooms are too full due to families who registered at the last minute.

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.