JSD to recognize Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

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Juneau’s school students can learn about Alaska Native rights as the district votes to honor Elizabeth Peratrovich Day.


The Juneau School District Board of Directors met Tuesday at the Juneau Douglas High School library. On its final reading the board passed resolution 2013-02 Honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. The date Feb. 16 is set aside to recognize and celebrate a “courageous woman who could not remain silent about injustice, prejudice and discrimination,” according to the resolution.

Phil Bedford JSD director of Human Resources gave the board an update on his department and released calendars for the next two school years.

Parents of elementary students will no longer be able to stretch Thanksgiving holiday into days historically set aside for parent teacher meetings in late November. With the adoption of school calendar option 2A, conferences are scheduled for Nov. 8 and Nov. 11.

To ease long-term planning the board adopted matching calendars for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.

The school district is struggling to find substitute teachers, Bedford said.

“We’ve tried to promote, we’ve sent out emails to parents,” Bedford said. “When you are in a community with a 4.4 percent unemployment rate it is tough to find people we want to put in front of our children.”

To find out more about substitute teaching, visit the JSD Human Resources department or visit www.juneauschools.org/hr.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.


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