School Board approves contract extension for superintendent

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau School Board Tuesday night agreed to extend the contract of Superintendent Mark Miller by another year.

    It was a unanimous vote.  Board Vice President Andi Story told us afterwards, "I feel the district is fortunate to have continued leadership.  He's been really good about empowering staff and also keeping good lines of communication open between the board and the staff."

    Following the meeting, Miller said the extension doesn't really change what he would have done this year.  "We're going to continue the work that we've been doing because we're making progress and we're doing what's right for kids.  And that's always the bottom line whether you have one day left or two years left which I happen to have now."

    Miller added that its nice to have the board's vote of confidence.

    There is a lot of time and consideration going into augmenting the name of the Gastineau Elementary School. The idea was originally brought up in 2012 and has since landed on a suitable name. Story said it may still take a while for the name to go fully into effect, as the board wants to make sure every aspect of the project has been carefully considered. She says they will continue working with the necessary parties to ensure this is done properly.

    The  name augmentation was spurred by the unearthing of remains of Tlingit people who had been buried there during a renovation project. The remains were reburied and a memorial is being built in front of the school now. It was agreed to to put an addendum on the name of the  school that had Tlingit origins or meaning  The Douglas Indian Association has recommended the name Sayéik which loosely translated means "spirit helper."

    In other action, the board approved  the six year capital improvement plan to be submitted to the state for maintenance grants and proposed
    Association of Alaska School Board resolutions that will be sent to Governor Walker and the Alaska Legislature.

     

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