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JSD to set calendar, budget committee

Posted: October 18, 2011 - 12:02am

The Juneau School District Board of Education is slated to approve a budget committee Tuesday.

The budget committee will recommend cuts and changes. Members of the public serve on the committee along with some board members. Asked to serve again this year are Laurie Berg, Rebecca Braun, Laird Jones, Richard Monkman and Mark Smith. New to the committee are expected to be Brian Holst and William Martin. The district intends to have members of the public serve in two-year sections with half rotating off each year so that they would have a better idea of the district budget and process.

The district states because of its own communication error, all five public members who served last year expressed interest in serving again this year. Nine applied to serve on this year’s committee. Two of them were selected in addition to last year’s team. The district said those who served last year will rotate off for the next budget cycle.

The board also is expected to approve a budget committee calendar. The unofficial calendar starts with committee meetings Nov. 16, and then a more rapid succession of meetings starting Jan. 17 through Feb. 21, with board action following. The budget must be to the Assembly by March 30.

Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich’s report is expected to include discussion on the district discipline report, school climate and connectedness survey, board committee reorganization, a recap on the board retreat and city election results.

A look at the discipline report shows a 12 percent decrease in reported incidents for unduplicated students, an 18 percent increase in student suspensions over last year (the district sates this is due to a change in staff training regarding incident reporting, not necessarily reflective of an increase in that kind of bad behavior) and a 1 percent increase in overall student disciplinary actions.

The report shows 72 drug-related incidents, one in an elementary school, 30 in middle schools and 41 at high schools. The report states middle school saw a 53 percent increase in drug-related disciplinary action, and 20 percent decrease at the high school level.

There also was a 44 percent decrease in weapons-related disciplinary action. There was one incident with an air-gun and 13 involving a “knife or knife-tool.”

Individual schools will review the data and create goals to improve on a site-by-site basis.

The board meets at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday in the Juneau-Douglas High School Library.

For a full agenda and related materials see: http://bit.ly/nPjS7Z.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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