Juneau Board of Education meets for first time in 2020

    Juneau School Superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The school budget, a visit from OSHA, and routine matters highlighted the agenda of the Juneau Board of Education Tuesday.

    The Thunder Mountain Student Council sent a letter to the Board of Education urging them to approve a 2020-2021 school year calendar that ends the first semester before the holiday break.

    Superintendent Dr. Bridget Weiss gave an update on the Juneau Alaska Victim Assistance Partnership.  It is an FBI task force initiated in Anchorage that includes programs that may be called upon in the event the community experiences an act of mass violence. 

    OSHA is expected to tour the school district sometime this year to evaluate the school's work environment.  There were a longer than average length of work loss due in workers compensation lost-time incidents in the fiscal year 2018.

    Dr. Weiss also presented a report on student activities related to students who receive free and reduced-price lunch.  67 percent of Juneau Douglas students, 426, 57 percent of Thunder Mountain Students, 434, and three percent of YD High students, 5, participate in one or more school-sponsored activity.

    The report noted 23 percent of Juneau Douglas students or 144, 23 percent of Thunder Mountain students, 180, and 70 percent of YDHS students, 121, are on free and reduced lunch.

    The report found 41 percent of JDHS students, 59, 45 percent of Thunder Mountain students 81, and two percent of YDHS students, two, are on free and reduced lunch and involved in one or more school-sponsored activities.

    The board kicks off budget discussions with a combined site council meeting Thursday, January 16, at 5:30 pm at the Thunder Mountain High School Auditorium.  A School Board workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, January 28 at 5:30 pm at the JDHS library.  The first public forum on the budget is scheduled for Thursday, January 30 at 5:30 pm at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

    The Board requested the CBJ Assembly fund the school district at the cap for fiscal year 2020.  The total request is $279,452.  Student enrollment has increased by 43 students overestimate.  They expect to receive just over $1.2 million in additional state funding.



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