Wednesday night, the Ketchikan School Board will consider adopting a newly revised mathematics curriculum and purchasing new materials.
The district reviews curriculum on a six-year cycle. Mathematics was moved up one year to sooner align with Alaska state standards. Director of Curriculum Shannon Sines led multiple work sessions with teachers, parents and board members, which began with an audit of current materials. The high school material was found to sufficiently meet the state standards. However, the K-8 materials did not.
The curriculum committee recommends purchasing enVisionmath 2.0 materials for all K-8 grade levels at a cost of approximately $214,000. The School Board also will consider funds to replace tattered and torn math materials at the high school level at an approximate cost of $18,000.
Funds for both purchases would come from a combination of grants and the district operating budget.
Also Wednesday, the Board will discuss next year’s budget and a one-year extension to Superintendent Robert Boyle’s contract.
Boyle has been employed as superintendent since 2007 and his current contract is set to end July 1st 2018. The contract, if approved, would extend until 2019 with an annual salary of approximately $137,000.
The public meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers in the White Cliff building. There is time reserved for public comment at the start and end of each meeting.