School Board to review grant to boost reading and family engagement in villages

The Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education hold both a work session and a special meeting on Monday.

The work session begins at 6:30 p.m. It is followed immediately by a special meeting to consider hiring a temporary cosmetology teacher for the high school, as well as a special session to discuss school district finances.

Work sessions are for discussion and information only; the board cannot take any official actions.



Among items being reviewed is a state grant to help boost literacy in rural schools. The $1.4 million grant will be used to increase reading and writing skills through culturally responsive outreach, and by increasing family engagement in the education process for Kodiak’s village children.

In another matter dealing with village students, the board will consider a comprehensive needs assessment and a school improvement plan for Old Harbor. That village which has one of the lowest rates in the state for academic achievement, and it suffers from chronic absenteeism.

The district has already been awarded nearly $12,000 to do an initial assessment and to come up with ways to help Old Harbor’s children achieve academic goals.
The agenda and packet information for both the special meeting and the school board work session on the district’s web site.

As a reminder, meetings are open to the public and both have a period at the beginning when community members can comment or address the board directly.

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