Houghtaling second graders at lunch on their second day of school.

Houghtaling second graders at lunch on their second day of school last year. (KRBD file photo)

With the start of the school year just a couple of weeks away, the Ketchikan School District is getting ready.

In his report to the Ketchikan School Board – which meets Wednesday — Superintendent Robert Boyle writes that many teachers already are in their rooms, preparing for the coming academic year.

However, Boyle says, the district is short one elementary teacher at Houghtaling. He reports that he anticipate filling that position before school starts.

Among the action items on Wednesday’s School Board agenda is a motion to approve a new wellness coordinator for the district. While a four-year state grant that had paid for the program will not be funded, the district found a way to maintain the position this year.

The wellness coordinator focuses on obesity prevention through healthy food choices and increased opportunities for activity. It would cost the district about $56,000.

Wednesday’s School Board meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.