by Jackie Williams
January 29, 2005
I am the parent of an 11-year-old / 6th grade child attending Ketchikan Charter School. The curriculum is impressive and my child has thrived there. That is not to say the other district schools are not good this one is just a better fit for my child. I have been present at a few APC (Academic Policy Committee) meetings and have been surprised by how few parents attend that are not a teacher or Board Member.
As most of us are aware the School Board and District are planning and taking action in regard to the coming year. My appreciation and thanks to the School Board, District and citizens who participated in making the decision regarding placement of students in Schoenbar and White Cliff in such a timely manner. What a relief to the whole community to know where these students will be, long before school begins next fall.
There are other KCS issues being addressed and parents need to participate now to have a good result for next year. What would parents like the Academic Policy committee to do on such topics as:
As a parent I want to know how will the position of Principal/Administrator be addressed? Will there be an individual principal for both schools? Perhaps a principal and vice principal to oversee both schools in one building?
In my opinion, we need to look closely at how the two charter schools function next door to each other. I believe the schools can co-exist in a much more harmonious relationship. In this regard, and to address the coming year, I think both APC Boards could meet and then have a joint parent forum.
The PE program at KCS was not up to par this year. If there is not a distinct curriculum difference in the PE programs between the charter schools, they might share the PE instructor, gym and PE class together. Then we will not be hearing how the gym is unavailable to KCS because TSAS is using it.
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