The club won’t certify students with pilot licenses, but it will give them basic skills and knowledge, according to science teacher Dave Padvorac.
The school board has also approved a new literacy program for Nome Elementary and new social studies textbooks for Nome-Beltz Jr/Sr High.
The Board of Education for the Bering Strait School District made the decisions Tuesday at a regular meeting in Teller.
The school board unanimously approved the budget, which does not dip into fund balance or make cuts to staff.
The Board of Education has scheduled a special session next week to approve and adopt the final budget.
Nome Public Schools has drafted a $14.6 million budget. The district will finalize the budget on April 12, the same day lawmakers are set to gavel out.
“Things look promising — as best as they could,” said Superintendent Shawn Arnold. “As it is right now, education spending is fairly intact.”
The school board also extended Superintendent Shawn Arnold’s contract. He will continue to lead the district through the 2018-2019 school year.
Over the last five years, donations have kept JROTC afloat. But the district can’t sustain the program any longer — especially as they expect cuts in education funding.
Each club will help high school students explore potential career paths in teaching. The goal is to encourage homegrown teachers and reduce turnover.