A motion is in front of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School Board on Wednesday to keep interim Superintendent Beth Lougee in that position through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

The contract for one-and-a-half years provides a salary of about $199,000, plus benefits. The total cost of salary and benefits for the entire time frame would be about $255,000, according to the agenda statement.

The statement cites the need for stability, and the need for time to search properly for a new superintendent.

Lougee has been acting superintendent since Robert Boyle resigned in mid-December. She was the district’s curriculum director.

Also Wednesday, the board will discuss a proposal from the Association of Alaska School Boards to help the district find a new superintendent. AASB would guide the district through the process, including developing an action plan, identifying criteria, recruiting candidates, background checks and candidate interviews.

If the board chooses to accept AASB’s assistance, it would cost the district about $11,000.

In other matters, the school board will consider a new memorandum of agreement negotiated between the district and the two charter schools. An executive session is scheduled at the end of the meeting to discuss contract negotiations with Ketchikan Leadership Organization. KLO represents administrators.

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.