PUBLISHED: 4:10 PM on Wednesday, January 17, 2007
'Next Generation Juneau' launches Web site, community meetings begin Jan. 22
When Thunder Mountain High School opens its doors in August, 2008, as Juneau's newest high school, it will reflect the end result of a community process that officially began last month. Next Generation Juneau: Our Kids, Our Community, a collaborative effort of educators, students and community members, launches its Web site at and begins a series of community-based meetings the week of Jan. 22, to seek input for Juneau's secondary education plan.

According to Peggy Cowan, School Superintendent, "Having three high schools (Juneau-Douglas, Yaakoosge Daakahidi and Thunder Mountain) requires having a solid plan in order to be responsive to Juneau's diverse student population needs; however, the planning process is dependent upon extensive community involvement.

While the Advisory Committee will try to reflect Juneau's many voices, I encourage everyone to attend at least one of our upcoming community forums to make sure his or her voice is heard."

The Community Forums begin from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Juneau Filipino Hall. The forums continue from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Mendenhall Library and from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall.

Community forums will also be held at every school including the Charter School, JD High and YaaKoosge Daakahidi. More information about Next Generation Juneau, can be obtained online at or calling 523-1704.