Aleisha Mollen, Tammy Groshong and Rolland Howell are running for school board. Three candidates running for two seats make this school board election one of the few contested races in this year’s local elections.
The Wrangell Public School Board voted Monday to leave the National School Lunch Program and develop its own supplemental school food program.
The Wrangell Public School Board Tuesday voted to offer Kendall Benson of Utah the job of secondary school principal. The board also offered contracts to all of the district’s non-tenured teachers.
Last week, the Wrangell Public School Board ended the district’s contract with NANA Management Services, the school food provider. Tonight, the board will try to come up with a new plan to feed students.
The Wrangell Public School Board had a full audience at its last two meetings. Teachers and parents expressed concerns about two topics: a lack of communication with the board and the resignation of the secondary school principal.
The Wrangell Public School Board approved its budget for Fiscal Year 2016 Monday and narrowly avoided eliminating the district’s school lunch program.
The Wrangell School District brought its elementary school up to a one-to-one student-to-computer ratio last month by giving each student an iPad to use in class. Wrangell second-graders got to start using their new iPads by creating multimedia books about weather.
Wrangell school officials were caught off guard recently when the Alaska Senate Finance Committee proposed an additional cut to education funding. The budget amendment would cut $47.5 million from public schools statewide.
The Wrangell School Board met with the Wrangell Borough Assembly last week to discuss the school district’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the potential shortfall it is facing from a loss of state and federal funding.
The University of Alaska Southeast will have a full-time presence in Wrangell starting this spring. UAS will base a tech prep regional coordinator in the Wrangell Public School District, and officials hope the new arrangement will expand opportunities for students and adults.