Next year’s Ketchikan School District calendar is back in front of the school board Wednesday after district officials gathered input from parents and students.
The majority of respondents preferred the first option, which was the calendar originally recommended for approval, according to a memo from Human Resources Director Shannon Sines.
Sines writes that, based on school board direction from a Jan. 24 meeting, district staff created three calendar options. Those were posted online and the public was invited via ads and emails to comment.
Sines says there were 536 responses. About half preferred the original calendar, about 30 percent preferred Option B, and about 20 percent preferred Option C. She writes that the calendar committee continues to prefer the originally recommended calendar, but with one change: switching a professional development day for teachers from Thursday, Nov. 1 to Monday, Nov. 12.
Nov. 12 is the Veteran’s Day holiday. Students will have that day off from school, anyway.
Here is a PDF with all three options: Calendar options
Also Wednesday, the board will vote in second reading on a change to board bylaws regarding meetings. The change calls for the board to meet once in the months of July, November and December, unless the board votes to have a second meeting.
Two executive sessions are scheduled for Wednesday. One is to discuss contract negotiations with the Ketchikan Education Association, and the second is to discuss Superintendent Robert Boyle’s annual evaluation.
The 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.