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New education bill to affect standards
With the new Every Student Succeeds Act replacing No Child Left Behind, Kodiak Island Borough School District superintendent Stewart McDonald hopes Kodiak will lead the way in creating standards for Alaska. He told the KIBSD Board of Education on Monday about some of the changes with the new ESSA, signed into law by President Barack Obama on Dec. 10. McDonald said the ESSA eliminates various provisions that requir...
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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KIB manager moves up departure
Kodiak Island Borough manager Bud Cassidy will leave his job in March rather than in June, he announced at Thursday’s borough assembly meeting. During the work session, Cassidy gave a brief explanation for invoking his 90-day notice. “I think it’s probably the wise thing to do for you and for me and for the borough,” he said. On Tuesday, Cassidy told the Mirror he is looking in new directions and explained there h...
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City responds to some questions about Sept. 16
Editor’s note: The Daily Mirror received the following letter from Kodiak Police Chief Ronda Wallace on Tuesday afternoon. Most of the questions referred to in the first sentence were asked by the Mirror several times before Nov. 25 in person, in writing and by email. The letter is also posted on the city’s Nixle website, local.nixle.com/county/ak/kodiak-island/. INVESTIGATION UPDATE TO THE SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 INCI...
Dec 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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District short of substitute teachers
During November, only one day saw Kodiak public school classrooms fully staffed, and so far this year, about one out of five requests for substitute teachers went unfilled. Director of student services Ron Bryant reported the staffing figures at Monday’s Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education meeting, and talked about ways the district has met the gap. Temporary solutions include calling on admin...
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Locals prepare for bird watch
Kodiak has dozens of species of birds, and local birders will spend their Saturday trying to spot and count as many as possible. On Friday, the Kodiak Audubon chapter held their annual membership meeting and “Winter Birds of Kodiak” presentation in preparation for the annual Christmas bird count. Rich MacIntosh showed pictures of the myriad of types you can see during the winter in Kodiak. The island generally get...
Dec 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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City to issue Sept. 16 responses on Tuesday
City of Kodiak attorneys have promised to release a statement Tuesday addressing questions “of interest to the public” stemming from a late summer incident in which a local resident was restrained and pepper sprayed by police. On Sept 16, Kodiak officers, responding to a 911 call, allegedly caused injury to Nick Pletnikoff, who was picking up mail outside his home on Steller Way. The Daily Mirror, other media and ...
Dec 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Assembly supports proposal for assessment of Chiniak trees
The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly supports a contract with NorthWind Forest Consultants to assess trees on borough property in Chiniak burned in last summer’s Twin Creeks Fire. The assembly has discussed before whether or not to get an assessment, appraisal or timber cruise on the land, before taking this step at its Thursday work session. “What we did is put together a basic scope, pretty minimal, to have folks ...
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Council passes several compost items
The Kodiak City Council passed a number of items relating to the new facility for dealing with biosolids or treated sewage at Thursday’s meeting, including purchase of a screener and woodchips. The council approved $97,000 for a used screener for the compost facility to separate reusable wood chips from finished compost. The council also post-authorized the $40,302 purchase of 500 cubic yards of wood chips for a b...
Dec 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ferry system to standardize fares
With more budget cuts likely during the upcoming legislative session, the Alaska Marine Highway System has some options for saving money and is gathering more from staff and the public. One option Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner Mike Neussl heard from staff aboard the ferries, is to slow down. “What normally is a six-hour run, we should put on the schedule as a six-and-a-half...
Dec 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Karluk School to stay open despite low enrollment
Except for Karluk School, the small schools in the Kodiak Island Borough School District have stayed above the state minimum enrollment, including the newly re-opened school at Danger Bay. Karluk’s enrollment has fallen under the 10 students required to receive state funding. Despite the shortfall, the school will remain open for the rest of the school year, according to assistant superintendent Marilyn Davidson. ...
Dec 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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