The agreement provides raises for teachers in each of the three years: One percent for the first year, retroactive to July 1, and 2.5 percent for each of the subsequent years of the contract.
Williams was cautiously optimistic about the city. He cited challenges such as reduced state financial aid and aging city infrastructure, but Williams also stressed the city’s strengths, such as a diverse economic base and new opportunities opening up at the shipyard and in the mining industry.
The Ketchikan City Council meets in regular session Thursday, and one of the items on the agenda is discussion of a possible excise tax on tobacco products.
The Ketchikan School Board has just one meeting this month, and that is set for Wednesday.
The library will be open on Sundays, and community agency grants are safe for another year. Those were two 2015 budget items decided Monday by the Ketchikan City Council during a special budget meeting.
The quarterly fee for non-city residents with septic systems would increase from $45 to $57.18.
On Saturday, Ketchikan celebrated the laying of the keels for Alaska’s two new ferries, which will be built at Ketchikan’s Vigor Alaska shipyard.
Debbie Banaszak will be Rep. Dan Ortiz's new chief of staff, and Elizabeth Bolling will focus on constituent relations and legislative/bill research.
A bill transferring 70,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to Sealaska Corp. has passed Congress.
“Create more jobs” is a mantra in Ketchikan, but the problem with more jobs at the shipyard is, workers there need special skills.