The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board is meeting just once this month, and that meeting is set for Wednesday. It’s not in the usual venue, though.
Instead of the White Cliff building, the School Board will meet at the Saxman Community Center, in recognition of Alaska Native Heritage Month. A special meet-and-greet will precede the meeting, and The Cape Fox Dancers have been invited to perform.
The agenda will highlight some of the school district’s programs that focus on Native education. For example, the first item on Wednesday’s agenda is a report from the Indian Policy and Procedures Committee.
The committee came up with a list of recommendations in the spring, including regular meetings between district officials and representatives of local Native groups; more Native culture in the classroom; cultural training for teachers; reaching out to parents; and expanding opportunities for students to participate in Native programs.
Also Wednesday, the School Board will hear about a Native Arts Class, the district’s Tribal Scholars Program, and the Indian Education Act preschool at Fawn Mountain Elementary School.
Wednesday’s School Board meeting starts at 5 p.m. for the meet-and-greet, with the regular meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.