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TSAS Honors Efforts of Community Members
Efforts of dedicated individuals made TSAS a reality...
by Dick Kauffman


November 6, 2003
Thursday - 12:50 am

Ketchikan, AK - Following a ceremony to recognize the hard work of the many people who made the Tongass School of Arts and Sciences possible and with a quick snip of a ribbon, the Ketchikan community was formally welcomed into the new charter school Wednesday morning.

Dan Ortiz, Principal of the Tongass School of Arts & Sciences

TSAS principal Dan Ortiz welcomed and spoke briefly to the students, teachers and community members attending the ribbon cutting ceremony. Ortiz displayed a plaque honoring six community members who were instrumental in making the dream of the TSAS Charter School a reality. Recognized for their efforts over a period of two years were John Hill, Brenda Loughman, Karen Eakes, Don Mitchel, Roxanne Abajian and Mark Tollfeldt. Through the efforts of these dedicated individuals, approval of the TSAS Charter School was obtained.

Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshments were served and community members were provided a tour of the new facility.

The TSAS is Ketchikan's second charter school and serves kindergarten through 7th grades. The first charter school - the Ketchikan Charter School - was established in the mid-nineties. Both charter schools are housed in the Valley Park Elementary School building.



Photo Gallery

Ribbon cutting...


1st-2nd grade...


5th-6th grade...




3rd-4th grade...


Photos by Dick Kauffman


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