The Ketchikan School Board will appoint an interim board member during its regular meeting on Wednesday, and with just one applicant it should be an easy choice.

Tom Heutte submitted the only application for the seat vacated in November by Kim Hodne. In his application, Heutte writes that he is passionate about education and wants to serve the community.

Heutte applied in late October for another vacant board seat, but withdrew his name from consideration in favor of another applicant who ran in the local elections but had lost by a small margin.

Also in Wednesday’s board packet is a letter from the state noting that the Ketchikan School District’s lunch program needs improvement. The letter states that in November, a team reviewed the local district’s program. The review shows the district needs to be more careful about counting lunches and putting them in the right category.

The review also notes that not all meal components were offered consistently to students, and records were not available from some schools; some food and beverages didn’t meet standards; and district food service employees needed more training.

The district must follow certain regulations in order to be reimbursed through the national lunch program. The state Department of Education and Early Development provided a corrective action plan for the district to fix the shortcomings.

The board packet also includes draft school calendars for the next two years. Both calendars show the first day of school in late August, and the last day on June 4th.

We have both proposed calendars posted below.

Wednesday’s school board 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.