The Ketchikan School Board will vote Wednesday to accept the resignation of Board Member Glen Thompson.
That formal vote will start the process of soliciting applicants for the open position. The board will appoint someone to fill Thompson’s seat until the fall local election.
Thompson was elected to a three-year term on the Ketchikan School Board in 2017. He previously served on the Ketchikan Gateway Borough Assembly.
In his Feb. 25th letter announcing his decision, Thompson writes that “Since the recent election, it has become apparent to me that my priorities do not align well with the new board.”
Also Wednesday, the board will vote on a separation agreement with former Superintendent Robert Boyle. The agreement provides for a $53,000 payment to Boyle. The board in February voted on the payment, but not the full agreement. Boyle resigned in December.
In her report to the board, interim Superintendent Beth Lougee writes that teacher Linnaea Troina has been hired as the new Fawn Mountain Elementary School principal. She replaces Alonso Escalante, who is the district’s new curriculum director.
Teacher Kayla Livingston has been hired as the new Ketchikan Charter School principal.
Lougee adds that the application period for a new Ketchikan High School principal has closed. Chosen candidates will travel to Ketchikan to meet students, parents and teachers, and for their formal interviews.
Also Wednesday, the board will vote on a joint resolution opposing Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget. The resolution is a joint effort with the City of Ketchikan, City of Saxman and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough. The borough assembly unanimously approved the resolution on Monday.
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.