Alaska Gateway School District, Alaska

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Alaska Gateway School District is a school district in the U.S. state of Alaska.

The Alaska Gateway School District encompasses 28,000 square miles in Eastern Alaska and serves approximately 400 students.[1] It's graduation rate is just below 70%.[2]

Website evaluation

The good

  • Some of the past Board meeting minutes are available but no current meeting information is available[3].
  • The Board members and their contact information are available[4].
  • A district flow chart listing the names, email addresses and phone numbers for all administrators is posted on the website[5].
  • Some academic performance information for the 2007-08 school year is available. A schedule of the state tests that are administered each year is also available[6].

The bad

  • No tax information is available.
  • No budgets are available.
  • No vendor contracts are posted, although union contracts are available on the district's website[7]
  • There is no information about requesting public records.
  • No audits are posted.
  • No background checks are mentioned.


School Board

The names and contact information for each Regional School Board member is posted on the district's website.[8]

Name Position Seat
Donna Northway Member A
Lisa Conrad Treasurer/Secretary B
Jill Kranenburg Member C
Melinda Rallo Vice-President D
Doug Hosken Member E
Bill Miller President F
Tim Beaucage Member G

Minutes of the board meetings are found online in the Superintendent's Board Action Summary.[9] The Board also posts its policies online.[10]

Teacher Contracts

The collective bargaining agreement between the Board and the Alaska Gateway Education Association (AGEA) for 2007-10 is posted online.[11]

Budget

Although the district budget is not posted on its website, the teacher salary schedule is contained in the collective bargaining agreement. For the 2009-10 academic year, teacher salaries in the district range from $41,200 to $72,000.[12]

Academic Performance

The district has not made adequate yearly progress as assessed by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. [13]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly Progress for 2009?
Dot Lake School K-12 14 Yes
Eagle Community School K-12 25 Yes
Gateway Correspondence K-12 61 No
Mentasta Lake School K-12 15 Yes
Tanacross School K-8 26 No
Tetlin School K-12 25 No
Tok School K-12 199 No
Walter Northway School K-12 46 Yes
[13]

School Choice

Gateway Correspondence is the district-wide correspondence school.

Unions

Teachers and all certificated employees of the district are represented by the Alaska Gateway Education Association ("AGEA"). Regardless of membership in the association, a $25 negotiation fee is deducted from each teacher's first paycheck of the work year and transmitted to the AGEA.[14]

The Alaska Gateway Education Support Personnel is the sole representative of all classified employees of the district. Its contract with the board is also posted on the district's website.[15]

Lobbying

The district is a member of the Association of Alaska School Boards.[16] The AASB states on its website that it promotes pro-education legislation and to protect the principle of local control of public education, with its efforts led by its Executive Director.[17] The AASB also issues a Legislative Handbook to members of its Legislative Network and publishes a Legislative Bulletin.[18][19] The AASB is also an affiliate of the National School Boards Association and its Federal Relations Network, which addresses the legislative process at a national level.[20][21]

External links

References

  1. About AGSD
  2. District AYP Worksheet
  3. Meetings
  4. Board members
  5. District Flow Chart
  6. Academics, Testing calendar
  7. Teacher Contract
  8. School Board Members
  9. School Board Meeting Minutes
  10. Board Policy Manual
  11. Teacher Contract
  12. Teacher Contract
  13. 13.0 13.1 District AYP Worksheets
  14. Certificated Negotiated Agreement
  15. Classified Negotiated Agreement
  16. AASB Membership Directory
  17. AASB Legislative Efforts
  18. AASB Legislative Efforts
  19. AASB Legislative Bulletin Archive
  20. AASB Legislative Services
  21. NASB Federal Relations Network