The Ketchikan School Board will meet a little earlier than usual Wednesday to accept the resignation of Board Member Rachel Breithaupt from the one-year seat that she was appointed to a couple of weeks ago.
Breithaupt was on the Oct. 2nd ballot for one of the three-year school board terms, and won. She decided to resign the appointed position and accept the full term instead.
With that one-year seat vacant again, the board will accept applications from people interested in serving.
The school board on Wednesday also will administer the oath of office to the three newly elected board members. Matt Eisenhower was re-elected to his seat. Also successful in last week’s local election were Breithaupt and Sonya Skan.
After those members are seated, the board will choose its new board president, vice-president and clerk/treasurer.
Also on Wednesday’s agenda is an executive session at the end of the meeting for the board to discuss ongoing teacher contract negotiations. Ketchikan School District teachers have been working on a contract that expired in spring of 2017.
Negotiations have been contentious. However, in an email, Ketchikan Education Association Vice President Sarah Campbell reported that the two negotiating teams met for three hours last week. Salaries and insurance proposals were discussed, and Campbell writes that the KEA team felt their claims had been heard.
She says the district team wanted to wait until the new board was seated before meeting again. The two sides are tentatively scheduled to meet at the end of the month.
Wednesday’s board meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in borough assembly chambers at the White Cliff building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.