On the Sep. 10 episode of Exchange, we talked about models of successful education in western Alaska — and how we’re preparing students for life after high school.
Over 700 students are enrolled in the district, but eight left Nome Schools over the summer to attend Mount Edgecumbe.
Nome students reported more positive attitudes about safety, school leadership, and student involvement in 2015.
The JROTC program will continue after a donation from Sitnasuak. Meanwhile, Superintendent Shawn Arnold may be deployed next summer.
Educator Cultural Camp taught teachers berry picking, fishing, and the importance of culturally relevant curriculum.
Nome Public Schools is again hoping a donation of of $150,000 from Sitnasuak Native Corporation will fund JROTC; if that doesn’t happen, the district may be forced to eliminate the program.
The city approved the district’s full local budget request – even adding extra funds for an early childhood education teacher.
Nome property taxes will drop from 12 to 11 mills as the city council ratifies an $11.3 million budget for the coming year.
NMS provides the district’s food service and will now manage its custodial work. Meanwhile, 144,000 gallons of saltwater have mysteriously vanished from the Nome Pool.
The Nome City Council is considering a drop in property taxes, down to 11 mills, a tax break valued at more than $275,000.