School in Ketchikan starts Wednesday, but some activities such as football, volleyball, cross country, swimming, dance and cheer leading are already in full swing. The Ketchikan School Board will vote Wednesday on a travel budget for the football team, as well as review the Board’s goals for the upcoming year.
According to Superintendent Robert Boyle, about 40 students are involved in Kayhi football. But that level of interest isn’t the same across the state. Without enough players Sitka has folded its team, and the Kenai team cannot afford to travel. That means means three of the eight scheduled games for the season have been cancelled.
The Kayhi football team wants to add a game by travelling the first week in October to Tonasket, Washington. The team has also scheduled a scrimmage, and reduced the schedule from eight games to six, including the added game in Washington.
The School Board also will review its goals for the year, which include implementing new English language arts, world language and library curricula. An ongoing goal to improve student safety may get $40,000 in help from the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. The Borough has agreed to appropriate about $10,000 for safety materials and about $30,000 for camera surveillance upgrades. The Board will vote to approve the school safety grant on Wednesday.
Wednesday’s School Board meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. There is time allotted for public comment at the start and end of the meeting.