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  • Parents to school board: Please let students return

    [News-Miner] Dozens of parents filled the Fairbanks school board’s email inbox last week asking for public schools to open to students. The board also heard from the teachers’ union. The Fairbanks Education Association outlined three conditions for opening schools: scientific and medical consensus that the COVID-19 outbreak in the Fairbanks North Star Borough is contained; detailed school safety plans approved by union leaders; and sufficient time to prepare for teaching in-person classes, according to an Aug. 29 letter to the school board signed by union President Sandi Ryan.

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  • Karen Gaborik announces pending retirement from school district

    [News-Miner] The Salcha native who attended public schools here, became a teacher and then rose up the ranks at the school district to the top job, superintendent, is retiring next year. Karen Gaborik announced plans to leave the $165,000-a-year job as of June 30, 2021, in a letter to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Board of Education, writing that she is ready for a new chapter.

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  • Luke Meinert: Fourth generation educator joins the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

    [News-Miner] Luke Meinert is the new guy in the upper echelons of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District administration. The 38-year-old assistant superintendent for secondary education made his mark in education circles by getting Esports sanctioned by the Alaska Students Activities Association as an extracurricular activity.

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  • Fairbanks School District Superintendent to retire at end of school year

    [Webcenter 11] In a letter to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District School Board, Superintendent Karen Gaborik has decided to retire effective June 30, 2021. The letter was included in the Superintendent Report on the agenda for the upcoming school board regular meeting on Tuesday, September 15.

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