The school board also approved the purchase of a new vehicle for the Nome Elementary School and a technology upgrade for the entire district.
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.
Nome property taxes will drop from 12 to 11 mills as the city council ratifies an $11.3 million budget for the coming year.
In order to balance their $14.3 million budget, Nome Schools will remove 5 full-time positions and dip $303,000 into fund balance. They continue to look for cost saving measures.
Arnold has been interim superintendent since his predecessor resigned in December; he came to Nome in July as the district’s director of human resources and special programs.
Arnold, a former U.S. Army officer and now an Air Force reservist, has worked as a teacher, a principal, and a district administrator in his 20 years in Alaska.
At the Nome Public Schools board of education meeting last night there was no shortage of new faces.
For the first time, centuries-old fishing knowledge from the Upper Kobuk River is being recorded with funding from a National Park Service Historic Preservation Grant.
Nome Public Schools will offer a full breakfast for students by the Fall 2014 school year, a move made possible by contracting all meal preparation in the district to an outside company.
Last night, in front of a packed crowd, the Common Council voted in a budget for Nome Public Schools that keeps funding flat from last year.