The school board swore in new members and resolved to fight a bill that could shut down two Nome schools.
With the polls closed and preliminary results in, it looks like Nome will be saying “Hello Central” to a new mayor — and to new members of the school board, City Council, and the Norton Sound Economic Development Council.
The school board discussed upgrades — from emergency lighting to payroll processing — at their work session last week.
At Seat C, Nancy Mendenhall and John Tidwell are vying to replace Betsy Brennan. Meanwhile, Keith Conger is running unopposed for Seat D.
Board members Brennan and Davis will not seek re-election. Nancy Mendenhall and John Tidwell will compete for Brennan’s spot, while Keith Conger runs unopposed for Davis’.
Nome voters will cast ballots for mayor, city council, school board, and the utility board; voters in Nome, Elim, Savoonga, St. Michael, and Teller will also vote for their NSEDC board member.
The JROTC program will continue after a donation from Sitnasuak. Meanwhile, Superintendent Shawn Arnold may be deployed next summer.
Summertime at KNOM is always a bittersweet season of hellos and goodbyes, with the turnover of service terms for our full-time volunteers. But this year, we have one more “goodbye” to say: to former-volunteer-turned-staffer Betsy Brennan.
Anticipating a tremendous loss in state funding, Nome Public Schools expects to make difficult cuts over the next several years.
“Next year is going to be a bad year, but it’s going to be the best year of all the bad years to come,” said Nome School Superintendent Shawn Arnold.