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  • Fairbanks School District plans safe reopening of schools for August

    [Webcenter 11] The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is developing a Smart Start plan to open schools in August while taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Phase One of the Smart Start plan will be presented on July 1st. (Alex Bengel/KTVF) Using input from stakeholders, parents and members of the community, the district is examining every aspect of the school experience and adjust accordingly. In a message to the community on June 17th, district Superintendent Karen Gaborik explained that in conversation with the commissioner of the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, the borough has been designated a Green Zone, indicating comparatively low risk of spread. This designation is being used in the district’s planning.

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  • Fairbanks North Star Borough School District plans for fall reopening with Smart Start program in mind

    [News-Miner] The Fairbanks school district is moving toward opening this fall while still contemplating a question many educational institutions have been forced to reckon with this year: What is to be done about COVID-19? In Fairbanks, the outline for next school year hinges on technology and state guidance.

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  • North Pole wrestling coach Junior Lambert honored by NWCA

    [News-Miner] North Pole High School head wrestling coach Junior Lambert was named Alaska’s High School Girls Head Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association on Monday. During the 2019 season, Lambert led seven of 10 Patriot girls wrestlers to the state meet, where six placed and one earned a championship title.

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  • Hutchison principal designated 2020 Principal of the Year

    [News-Miner] Robyn Taylor may not leap over tall buildings in a single bound, but what she doesn’t have in super powers, she makes up for with resilience and hard work. The principal of Hutchison High School, Taylor is the newly named 2020 Principal of the Year by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals. It’s an honor she dreamed of achieving back in 2006 when she attended her first principal’s conference — not for the glory, but for the recognition for making a real difference in student lives. “I still have so much work to do,” she said, as she begins her sixth year at the helm of Hutchison High School.

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  • Fairbanks North Star Borough school board approves 2020-2021 budget

    [Webcenter 11] On Monday, June 8th, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District School Board approved a fiscal year 2020-2021 budget for the district totaling more than $244 million. The school district's budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year totals $244,111,179. (Alex Bengel/KTVF) According to board president Wendy Dominique, the school board met six total times to discuss the budget this year before coming to a final decision. During that time, more than $3 million in expenses were removed from the budget.

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  • Fairbanks school board passes district budget after cutting $155,000

    [News-Miner] The Fairbanks school board voted to pass the district’s budget for the coming year after electing to cut $155,000 at a Monday night special meeting. The budget previously failed to pass by a 4-3 vote at the school board meeting last week, after board members expressed concerns about the state of the economy, the general fund balance and the process of passing the budget in general. This week, multiple amendments went before the board, with the only deduction being $155,000 from the Special Reserve Fund, an amount specifically intended for travel.

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  • District Superintendent weighs in on George Floyd death, protests

    [Webcenter 11] On June 3rd, Fairbanks North Star School District Superintendent Karen Gaborik sent a message to the community in which she expressed her thoughts on the death of George Floyd and the protests and riots that have followed around the country. Gaborik has received both supportive and negative reactions to her message, sent on June 3rd. (Alex Bengel/KTVF) In the message, she described her feelings in the immediate aftermath of the event as “horror, guilt, anger, incredulousness, passion, sorrow, empathy, helplessness, heartbreak, and fear.”

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  • North Pole teacher wins Air Force Association award

    [Webcenter 11] Colonel Michael Rauenhorst has been named Air Force Association Teacher of the Year for both the Fairbanks and the State of Alaska chapters of the association. Michael Rauenhorst won the Air Force Association Teacher of the Year award for both the Fairbanks and State of Alaska chapters of the association. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF) Rauenhorst taught for the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program at North Pole High School, and coached the JROTC drill team which, over the years, has competed at a national level. In addition, Rauenhorst taught private Pilot Ground School classes

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  • Fairbanks school board rejects budget, will discuss cuts

    [News-Miner] The Fairbanks board of education voted 4-3 at its Tuesday night meeting to reject the school district administration's proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The board scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday to discuss potential budget cuts. The deadline for the budget to be finished and submitted to the borough is Friday, June 12.

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