Juneau Board of Education meets

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A new science curriculum, a survey of local teachers about stress, and honors for local students highlighted the agenda of the Juneau Board of Education tonight.

    The Board approved a new science curriculum for grades 6-12.  The district received input from NOAA, Discovery Southeast, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Juneau Economic Development Corporation, the Juneau STEM Coalition, the US Forest Service, Alaska Seagrant and Goldbelt Heritage Foundation.  They will purchase new textbooks and online subscriptions will cost $260,000.  Another $135,000 will be spent for Chromebook carts for middle school science teachers along with associated online subscriptions.

    The Board also honored students who competed in the Battle of the Books competition this year.  In the first six months of this year there were 5,700 books circulated with 38 volunteers, 476 students participating, and the cost effectiveness was for each circulation cost $1.57 per book.  The program is sponsored by the Association of Alaska school librarians.  Harborview Elementary School's fourth grade team finished second in the state competition this year.  There were 32 teams in the competition.  The students answered 81 questions during the competition.

    School Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller said he met with the Mayor Ken Koelsch to speak about safety in schools.  The district will discuss pursue the idea of a joint ALICE training between the Board of Education and the CBJ Assembly.

    The Board also heard a presentation on progress being made in school by the Juneau STEM Coalition.

    The Juneau Education Associated presented a study on stress for school teachers.  60-percent of Juneau teachers said they were experiencing stress. Work load, student behavior problems and time constraints were the main reasons.  25-percent of teachers surveyed have considered leaving teaching.

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