Following its Monday special meeting, the Ketchikan School Board will meet again on Wednesday for its regular meeting. But, it starts an hour earlier than usual with a special work session.

The 5 p.m. start provides an extra hour for the board to enter into an executive session to discuss contract negotiations with Ketchikan Education Association, the union representing teachers.

Negotiations have been contentious, and teachers have been working under a contract that expired more than a year ago.

There will be time for public comment before the board’s closed-door discussion, according to the agenda.

The regular meeting starts at the usual 6 p.m. time. On the agenda is approval of a new contract with the district’s technology staff. According to the agenda statement, both sides have agreed to $700 raises for each step on the salary schedule, along with some adjustments to that schedule.

The agreement leaves health insurance premiums “to be determined,” based in part on what the district agrees to for other bargaining groups.

Another opportunity for an executive session is scheduled at the end of Wednesday’s meeting. That also is to discuss KEA negotiations. 

Wednesday’s school board meeting will take place in borough assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.