How do Kodiak Island Borough School District faculty, staff and students view their school climate? How connected do these students feel to adults and peers in their school community? These are the questions that the Association of Alaska School Boards’ School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) seeks to answer each year.
The May 22 regular meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education was one filled with bittersweet remembrances, laughter and a few tears.
Kodiak Island Borough school district students have a knack for turning trash into amazing artistic treasures. Remember Ophelia, the marine debris octopus? Kodiak High School students created the eight-armed art installation for the Seward SeaLife Center out of marine debris collected — mostly plastic objects — on Alaska’s beaches.
During the April regular meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education, the Kodiak United State Coast Guard Auxiliary was there to hand out awards to KIBSD students who won the annual “Kids Don’t Float” poster contest.
It has been a long road through the FY18 budget process for Kodiak Island Borough School District, but the end is in sight. KIBSD Business Manager Sandy Daws received direction from the Board of Education during its work session on April 10 to prepare the FY18 budget for board approval at the April 24 regular meeting.
Today, more than ever before, there is a growing need for mental health services for children and youth. According the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in five children and adolescents experience a mental health problem while in school, including stress, anxiety, bullying, family problems, depression, a learning disability, and alcohol and substance abuse. Middle and high school youth also face more serious mental health problems, such as self-injurious behaviors and suicide, and instances of these are on the rise.
Over the last few years, the Kodiak Island Borough School District has made major investments in classroom technology, including various Apple laptop computers and iPad mobile devices.
The Association of Alaska School Boards has two Legislative Fly-ins scheduled for the current Alaska State Legislative session, and Kodiak Island Borough School District administrators and Board of Education members plan to be in Juneau to be part of the discussion.
During the Jan. 23 regular meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education, the district’s FY18 preliminary budget was presented by KIBSD Business Manager Sandy Daws. The bottomline: KIBSD is focused on reducing its overall non-personnel budget for FY18 by $918,367 over its current FY17 budget.
While solid academics and graduation rates are the primary goals of every school district, how faculty, staff and students feel about their schools and classmates and their connection to them is important as well.
During its November Retreat, the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s Board of Education began a dialogue about the district’s citizen advisory committees. The discussion continued during the BOE’s December work session.
The future of Kodiak’s commercial fishing fleet is uncertain, according to recent research completed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Sea Grant Alaska, the Alaska Marine Conversation Council and the North Pacific Research Board.