This week on the Exchange, we’re talking about education in our region, and how we’re preparing students for life after high school.
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.
The Nome City Council is considering a drop in property taxes, down to 11 mills, a tax break valued at more than $275,000.
Alongside an amicable meeting with Nome Public Schools, the city council on Monday agreed to spend roughly $420,000 to add full-building humidification to the planned Richard Foster Building.
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.
The Nome Board of Education has announced the two finalists to be interviewed for the superintendent position: interim superintendent Shawn Arnold and Anvil City Science Academy principal Todd Hindman.
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.
Gast says this decision was a difficult one, but due to family matters he will move back home to Texas to be with his children at the end of the semester. The last day of his contract is December 31.
Bobby Bolen, with about 10 years in the district, will fill the interim position until a permanent hire is made.