Story last updated at 6/6/2012 - 2:11 pm
The Juneau School District congratulates twenty-one of our teachers and staff members who are retiring this year. These educators have devoted a collective 387 years of service to the students and families of our community. The Board of Education honored retirees at the June 5 school board meeting.
The 2012 JSD retirees are: Connie Beattie, Margie Beedle, Christine Campbell, Janet Capito, Mary Copobianco, Christine Carte, Richard Eaton, Deborah Fagnant, Phil Gouveia, Kristeen Gress, Donna Johnson, Luann McVey, Miriam Walker Mendenica, Tracy Rivera, Barbara Sandberg, Richard Steele, Lavair Swingle, Pamela WellsPeters, Marcella Wicks, Todd Wicks, and Guy Thibodeau.
There will be a shift in assignments for some of our school-based administrators next year. With the elimination of administrative positions due to budget cuts, a Board of Education panel ruled that three displaced administrators should be assigned to open positions in lieu of recruiting for those jobs. The new assignments are:
Kathryn Milliron: Principal, Mendenhall River Community School Haifa Sadighi: Assistant Principal, Floyd Dryden Middle School Dale Staley: Assistant Principal, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School
As a result of this Board panel decision, Juneau-Douglas High School teacher Kristy Germain, who had been chosen to be the next Assistant Principal of Dzantik'i Heeni will instead stay in her position as an English teacher at JDHS. The District continues to be very supportive of Ms. Germain as an emerging leader and is eager to see her carry her considerable talents in education into a formal administrator role.
Local teacher Brenda Edwards will be the new principal of Gastineau Elementary School. Edwards taught second and third grade in the Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy (TCLL) Program, located in Harborview Elementary School. She will succeed Kathi Yanamura who is completing a one-year term as interim principal for Gastineau.
A reduction in funding and increasing costs for the next year resulted in a $4.4 million cut to the operating budget for the next school year. This equates to approximately 46 full time equivalent (FTE) positions, including both teaching and support staff. Due to attrition, with staff members retiring and relocating, the cuts will ultimately result in approximately 23 school district employees experiencing lay offs.
School construction projects will continue during the summer of 2012. Gastineau Elementary School is entering the second summer of a renovation project. The classrooms and instructional areas of the schools were remodeled last year. The front office, gymnasium, library, commons area and the school's main entrance will be upgraded this year.
Auke Bay Elementary School will also begin a 15-month renovation project this summer.
Upgrades will continue on Marie Drake, home to Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School and Montessori Borealis.
Registration Day for new students is August 9, 2012 at all schools. High schools will hold orientation days for all students the week of August 13.
The first day of school is Monday, August 20 for grades 1 - 12, August 23 for Kindergarten and August 28 for pre-school students.