The school district plans its school calendar two years in advance. Parents and community members are invited to submit a school year calendar for 2018-2019 for the school board’s consideration. The calendar must include:
· 195 teacher contract days
· 183 student contact days (including two full days per semester – 4 days total - not meeting the “minimal day in session” requirement for Parent-Teacher conferences.)
· 6 paid holidays (Labor Day, Thanksgiving day and the following day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Memorial Day)
· 3 professional development days (teacher in-services)
· 3 professional work days (2 days must be prior to the opening of school, and 1 day must be after the last student contact day, per the teachers’ contract)
Governor Bill Walker has proclaimed February as, “School Board Appreciation Month.” Our school community joins Governor Walker in recognizing our local Board of Education for their dedicated service to Unalaska’s children. Our school board has adopted, and adheres to, the Association of Alaska School Boards standards of Vision, Structure, Accountability, Advocacy and Conduct & Ethics.
Our six-member school board works as a team, while keeping the focus on the District’s vision and mission. The board conducts its business in public meetings where community input and comments are encouraged. Board members continually advocate on behalf of all students, whether talking to local City officials, telling our story to State legislators or contacting our senators and representative in Washington, D.C. Each decision made by our school board has been guided by the simple question: “Is it good for kids?”
School board members are courageous individuals who have a passion for ensuring that our students have access to a quality public education. As volunteers who receive no monetary compensation, they accept criticism and complaints from the public as a part of their responsibilities. As a governing body, school boards continually demonstrate one of the purest forms of democratic practice.
Citizens who are elected to a seat on the local school board are in store for some hard, but rewarding work. School board members must become familiar with state and federal education laws, school board policies and the complexities of how schools are funded. They review, update and vote on board policies, administrative regulations and board bylaws. Functioning as a governing body, and not as individuals with opposing agendas, the school board provides the structure under which administrators and teachers do the important work of educating our young people.
Parents and community members who are interested serving on the local school board are encouraged to learn more about what is involved in this awesome opportunity to improve children’s lives. A great place to start is by volunteering to serve on a board committee, such as the budget committee or one of the curriculum committees. Whether serving on a committee, or running for a seat on the board, those who choose to take the leap will be in for an interesting, rewarding and sometimes fun experience!
The entire school community joins Governor Walker in recognizing our citizens who selflessly serve on school boards throughout Alaska. A special round of applause goes to our award winning Unalaska City School District Board of Education!
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