The Ketchikan School Board will meet this week despite earlier plans to cancel the second meeting in August. Wednesday’s meeting will be shorter than usual, however, and will start at 5:30 p.m., rather than the usual 6 p.m.
One item on the agenda is a work session to hear a presentation from the Ketchikan Wellness Coalition. That group conducted a student graduation survey, and members want to present findings to the School Board.
About 740 students in middle through high school took the survey. They were asked a variety of questions, such as why students skip classes, how schools can improve attendance and why students drop out.
The most popular answer to the last question was that drop-outs just don’t care about school.
Also Wednesday, the School Board will consider hiring Derek Meister as the new counselor at Fawn Mountain Elementary School; and Geoffrey Wool as a new teacher at Tongass School of Arts and Sciences.
The board also will consider buying 30 MacBook Air laptops for the Ketchikan High School language arts department. That would cost about $31,000.
School Board meeting will be in Borough Assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. There will be two opportunities for public comment, one at the start and one at the end of the meeting.