School board to get update on high school PE

The Juneau School District Board of Education is expected to get a positive update on Tuesday about how the physical education program is improving.


In 2010 the board made policy changes to the program because a large number of students were failing PE every year. It changed attendance and dress policies. An updated report from the department has found student attitudes are improving due to the changes — as well as smaller class sizes following the split into two high schools — and so are PE grades.

Sixty-eight percent of Juneau-Douglas High School students got an ‘A’ in PE in the second semester of the 2010-2011 school year. Thunder Mountain High School and Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School both saw significantly lower numbers with 27 percent of their students getting As. JDHS had 11 percent earn Bs, with TMHS and Yaakoosge at 24 percent and 11 percent respectively. Thunder Mountain has the highest percentage of students earning Fs — with 20 percent, JDHS at 9 percent and Yaakoosge at 12 percent.

The school board also is expected to make a decision on updating its search and seizure policy. The policy must be updated to meet state standards. The board had its first reading of the policy in August. A decision was delayed at that time because some board members were concerned about constitutional pieces and the difference between "reasonable suspicion" and "probable cause."

The updated policy also gives clearer direction for when students, parents and authorities are notified and when it is appropriate for the school administrator to conduct searches. The searches would need a second appropriate adult present and student presence when reasonable or timely under the new guidelines.

For more information on the August discussion see the Aug. 18 Empire or visit

In other business, the board is expected to get an overview of its most recent financial audit. It also is expected to approve or deny the findings.

The audit is performed in conjunction with the City and Borough of Juneau by Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, LLC. The district must file its audit with the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development before Nov. 15, or it will be considered delinquent.

One resolution of audit findings is apparent, and that's with the RALLY program. The resolution includes having administration resolve the deficit fund balance in the elementary school child care program. The district distributed letters to parents on Thursday stating it would be ending the morning versions of the program in all elementary schools except Harborview, and combining afternoon options at two others.

The superintendent also is expected to report on October enrollment figures, give a follow-up on the discipline report, discuss inclement weather policies and planning and several other topics.

For a full agenda and related documents, visit

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