In its last meeting before the start of the 2016-2017 school year, the Ketchikan School Board will discuss goals on Wednesday, and will vote on Board President Michelle O’Brien’s resignation.
O’Brien announced her resignation just before the last meeting, but it wasn’t an action item on that agenda. If approved by the School Board on Wednesday, her resignation will take effect on Oct. 12th, after a new board is seated following the Oct. 4th local election.
The board then will have 30 days to appoint someone to fill her spot.
The School Board also will talk Wednesday about goals for the superintendent and for the board itself. In a memo to the board, Superintendent Robert Boyle suggests that his goals include increasing attendance rates, adopting policies to reduce the dropout rate, and improving the administrative process through evaluations and training.
Board goals listed in the packet focus on technology improvements, vocational education, school safety and recognizing student achievement.
Regarding school policies, Boyle is seeking board direction on a policy for transgender athletes.
Among the action items on Wednesday’s agenda is a motion to buy $80,000 worth of Chromebook laptops to replace Apple laptops used by students at Schoenbar Middle School. The old Apple machines then would be used by school district staff.
Wednesday’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers in the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.