Parents debated literary value versus age-appropriate content in Tuesday’s school board meeting. In the crosshairs were classic novels like “The Color Purple.”
Nome Public Schools are currently estimated to receive $14.4 million in state funding in 2018. According to current expenditures, present costs would result in a deficit of more than $1 million.
Down 15 students from last year, Nome Public Schools will receive less money from the state’s enrollment funding.
The board welcomed Nome-Beltz senior Megan Contreras as this year’s student representative. In addition to serving on the board, she serves as president of the student council while also playing volleyball.
A survey of nearly 200 Nome Public Schools students said that 49 children don’t feel like they have somebody to talk to, and 74 students feel nobody would miss them if they were absent from school.
The big action items were a tour of the facilities, renewal of teacher contracts, and the approval of new policy.
During the meeting, the Nome School Board will discuss new teacher contracts, the NPS bus contract, and the first reading of board policy regarding fund balances, gangs, and tobacco.
The school board also approved the purchase of a new vehicle for the Nome Elementary School and a technology upgrade for the entire district.
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.