Jharrett Bryantt stepped into the superintendent role at the start of the school year, and was immediately met with challenges like a bus driver shortage and a budget crunch.
By the end of the 2021-22 school year, 416 teachers out of around 3,000 had left their posts. So far this year, at least 350 teachers are leaving,
Graduates walked across the stage to claim diplomas clothed in flags, headdresses, fur, beads and other elements important to their diverse heritages.
The vote doesn’t necessarily mean educators will go on strike, but would give their bargaining team that avenue, said Vicki Hewitt, president of the union.
Last year, there were challenges clearing the parking lot and material left behind, a district spokeswoman said.
Allen Wardlaw had initially been put on administrative leave in April.
Some said the change will pose a challenge to working parents who will now need to find morning child care for their children once a week this fall.
The changes approved by the school board mean that elementary school students will begin earlier while middle and high schoolers will start later.
“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it,” okpik said by phone Monday. “I feel like a thousand marmots running in the tundra — playing in the tussocks and hummocks and taiga and tundra.”
The district has removed books that were “clearly inappropriate” from school library shelves, a spokesperson said. Officials have refused to identify which books or how many.
Sami Graham, who was rejected by the city’s Assembly to run the library, formally requested that the library reconsider who is allowed to access the book “Let’s Talk About It,” by Erika Moen and Matthew Nolan.
District officials say at least five of 10 recent medical incidents involving students with overdose symptoms were linked to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that’s the subject of state warnings this month.
The Anchorage School Board on Tuesday approved the charter school’s move into the building to be vacated when the elementary closes. The charter school is currently confined to a high school wing.
Under new protocols, parents can withdraw students from a book fair and must get a book list two weeks ahead of time. School officials are also reviewing library policies.
The school board still needs to approve any changes under the proposal, which would have elementary schools start earlier while middle and high school would start later.