The Ketchikan School Board will take a look at a very early draft budget during Wednesday’s regular meeting.

Based on what’s currently expected in revenue for the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, Superintendent Robert Boyle says it appears the district will be short one teacher at Point Higgins Elementary School.

The budget is based on some changeable assumptions. They include flat-funding from the state, the same number of students as this year, and a local contribution of $8.3 million from the borough.

Also Wednesday, the school board will vote to ratify next year’s school calendar; and will vote on a new $20,000 contract with Victor Four Labor Relations.

2018-2019 calendar

Board discussion of contract negotiations with the Ketchikan Education Association is on the agenda, as well, along with discussion of whether to add language to the board’s bylaws. That language calls for the board to meet once in July, November and December, unless the board votes otherwise.

The board has traditionally met just once those months, but that tradition hasn’t been officially included in the bylaws.

Wednesday’s 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.