A big sibling program, dual enrollment with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and budgets were on the docket in Wednesday night’s Nome School Board meeting.
The big action items were a tour of the facilities, renewal of teacher contracts, and the approval of new policy.
Nome resident Caitlin Tozier recently traveled halfway around the world to be an ambassador for Inupiaq culture. In Caen, France, she demonstrated Alaska Native games and culture during the American Normandy Festival.
President Obama recently removed the words “Eskimo” and “Aleut” from two pieces of federal legislation, but it may take another generation for it to fade out of Alaska’s Arctic.
The school board has also approved a new literacy program for Nome Elementary and new social studies textbooks for Nome-Beltz Jr/Sr High.
There was standing room only at Old St. Joe’s as 30 graduates from all over western Alaska accepted their diplomas.
“You can tell a lot of people are very proud of their livelihood and where they live,” said Brian Adams.
The 30-minute TV program, “When the Water Took the Land,” will premiere this Sunday and then air again on Tuesday.
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’.
Over 700 students are enrolled in the district, but eight left Nome Schools over the summer to attend Mount Edgecumbe.