Category Archives: Schools and Assessment

Budget for FY20

As we complete the 1st quarter of the school year, our efforts turn toward developing next year’s budget.  This is a long process that encourages and utilizes a great deal of public input.  Alaska is somewhat unique in that school boards do not raise revenue through applying taxes to support the district’s budget.  We rely […]
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Reflections and Looking Forward to Summer

I wanted to share with you some recent articles I have written involving reflections of 2017-18 and also making summer plans.  First, is the reflection.  Here is a link to the article, which really is my attempt to honor our staffs’ and students’ accomplishments: Every year we accomplish a lot with our students and […]
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Spring is here! And so is the final budget…

It is almost time to “spring ahead” with our clocks and that means we are also in the final stages of school and the budget development season.  So, where are we with the budget?  We find ourselves in a similar position as the last few years.  We are working closely with the Borough to fully […]
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Mid Year Progress

As we reach the end of the 1st semester, we are able to take a closer look at our performance.  Fortunately, this is much easier now that we are focused on some key performance indicators.  With our new strategic plan, we have been researching what measures will best support our efforts in continuous improvement that […]
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Results and Improvement

Over the first quarter of this school year I have had the opportunity to visit many of our schools and speak with many different organizations.  What I have found is that there is wide-spread support of our schools and many student successes to celebrate.  Even though there is solid support and positive results, there is […]
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Off to a great start!

As we move forward into the 2017-18 school year I wanted to commend our schools and staff for the great start!  We have really focused on helping teachers get even better with meeting the individual needs of students everyday.  Some call this personalized learning.  I believe it is an instructional practice that we have been […]
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The First Lap

As we move through the school year, the 1st quarter has come to an end.  Some say the school year is a marathon, but it feels more like a mile race.  It feels long, but each lap actually goes by very quickly, especially when you are in shape and fully prepared.  Our staff is in […]
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Up and Running!

We are now 3 weeks into the school year and it looks like another successful start.  Our enrollment is slowly climbing to what we anticipated and our schools are focused on the 3 R’s – Rigor, Relevance and Relationships.  This is the time of year where there is a great deal of optimism.  My goal […]
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Reflections and Planning

We are well into the summer time and many plans for the upcoming school year have already started. Before we jump into 2016-17, it is important to review what happened this past year.  Overall, our district has made progress toward personalizing learning for all students.  Learning does not stop when the school bell sounds.  It […]
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One Year

Today marks the one year anniversary of my stepping into the role of superintendent.  What a year it has been.  I have seen tremendous growth and commitment from our staff in the area of collaboration and continuous improvement.  We are slowly, but surely shifting the focus from basic skills to the 4 C’s – Critical […]
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