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02/13/2017 08:00 AM EDUCATION

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07:59:52 AM Start
08:01:19 AM Presentation: School Board Fly-in
09:33:33 AM Adjourn
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School Board Fly-in
Norm Wooten, Association of Alaska School Boards
Joint Hearing with House Education
-- Testimony <Invitation Only> --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
                          JOINT MEETING                                                                                       
               SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                            
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                        February 13, 2017                                                                                       
                            7:59 a.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 Senator Shelley Hughes, Chair                                                                                                  
 Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                           
 Senator Cathy Giessel                                                                                                          
 Senator John Coghill                                                                                                           
 Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Harriet Drummond, Chair                                                                                         
 Representative Justin Parish, Vice Chair                                                                                       
 Representative Zach Fansler                                                                                                    
 Representative Ivy Spohnholz                                                                                                   
 Representative Jennifer Johnston                                                                                               
 Representative Chuck Kopp                                                                                                      
 Representative David Talerico                                                                                                  
 Representative Lora Reinbold                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 All members present                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Geran Tarr                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION: SCHOOL BOARD FLY-IN                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
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PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JAMES FIELDS, Chair                                                                                                             
Alaska State Board of Education and Early Development                                                                           
Member                                                                                                                          
Copper River School Board                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information on the Alaska State                                                                 
School Board.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
NORM WOOTEN, Executive Director                                                                                                 
Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB)                                                                                      
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about AASB.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
PETE HOEPFNER, President                                                                                                        
Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB)                                                                                      
Member                                                                                                                          
Cordova School Board                                                                                                            
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about AASB.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MIKE HANLEY, Assistant Superintendent                                                                                           
Chugach School District                                                                                                         
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about the Chugach                                                                   
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHARLENE ARNESON, President                                                                                                     
Chugach School Board                                                                                                            
Whittier, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about the Chugach                                                                   
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DAVE HERBERT, Superintendent                                                                                                    
St. Mary's School District                                                                                                      
St. Mary's, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about St. Mary's                                                                    
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
FRANCIS THOMPSON, President                                                                                                     
St. Mary's School Board                                                                                                         
St. Mary's, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about St. Mary's                                                                    
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KAY ANDREWS, President                                                                                                          
Southwest Region School Board                                                                                                   
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about Southwest Region                                                              
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DAVID PIAZZA, Superintendent                                                                                                    
Southwest Region School District                                                                                                
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about Southwest Region                                                              
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MARIE PAUL, Vice President                                                                                                      
Southwest Region School Board                                                                                                   
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information about the Southwest                                                                  
Region School District.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
KATHY TODD, M.D., Vice President                                                                                                
Valdez School Board                                                                                                             
Valdez, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about the Valdez City                                                               
Schools.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SEAN DUSEK, Superintendent                                                                                                      
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD)                                                                                 
President                                                                                                                       
Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board                                                                                            
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about KPBSD.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PENNY VADLA, Vice President                                                                                                     
Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board                                                                                            
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about KPBSD.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DANNY FRAZIER, Superintendent                                                                                                   
Dillingham City School District                                                                                                 
Dillingham, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about Dillingham City                                                               
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN SHIPLEY, Superintendent                                                                                                   
Kake City School District                                                                                                       
Kake, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Presented information  about  the  Kake City                                                            
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ANDI STORY, Vice President                                                                                                      
Juneau School Board                                                                                                             
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Presented  information   about  the  Juneau                                                            
Borough School District.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
KATHY TRAN, Student                                                                                                             
Juneau Douglas High School                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Presented  information   about  the  Juneau                                                            
Borough School District.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
TAM AGOSTI-GISLER, President                                                                                                    
Anchorage School Board                                                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Presented  information  about the  Anchorage                                                            
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
STARR MARSETT, Member                                                                                                           
Anchorage School Board                                                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Presented  information  about the  Anchorage                                                            
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ANNA POTTER, Student                                                                                                            
Anchorage School District                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:   Presented  information   on  the  Anchorage                                                            
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HAILEY EDMONSON, Student, South Anchorage High School                                                                           
Anchorage School District                                                                                                       
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Presented  information  about the  Anchorage                                                            
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PAT HIGGINS, Member                                                                                                             
Anchorage School Board                                                                                                          
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Presented  information  about the  Anchorage                                                            
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ALEISHA MOLLEN, Member                                                                                                          
Wrangell School Board                                                                                                           
Wrangell Borough School District                                                                                                
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Presented  information  about  the  Wrangell                                                            
Borough School District.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
STEWART MCDONALD, Superintendent                                                                                                
Kodiak Island Borough School District (KIBSD)                                                                                   
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT: Presented information about KIBSD.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MARK SOMERVILLE, President                                                                                                      
Copper River School Board                                                                                                       
Glennallen, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Introduced students  from  the  Copper River                                                            
School District.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA FRIENDSHUH, Student                                                                                                      
Copper River School District (CRSD)                                                                                             
Kenny Lake, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT: Provided information about (CRSD).                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
7:59:52 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES called  the joint  meeting of  the Senate  and House                                                            
Education  Standing Committees  to order  at 7:59 a.m.  Present at                                                              
the  call  to  order  were  Senators Begich,  Stevens,  and  Chair                                                              
Hughes,  and Representatives  Kopp,  Fansler,  Johnston, Talerico,                                                              
and  Chair Drummond.  Representatives  Begich,  Parish, Spohnholz,                                                              
and Reinbold  arrived shortly thereafter,  as did Senators Coghill                                                              
and Giessel.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^PRESENTATION: SCHOOL BOARD FLY-IN                                                                                              
                PRESENTATION: SCHOOL BOARD FLY-IN                                                                           
8:01:19 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  announced that the  only order of  business would be                                                              
a presentation  of  the School  Board Fly-In.  She noted  that the                                                              
Alaska State  Board of  Education and  Early Development  would be                                                              
presenting again  in March. She  said today the  committee will be                                                              
hearing from  the State  Board, as well  as from  Norm Wooten from                                                              
the  Association  of  Alaska  School  Boards  (AASB)  and  various                                                              
school boards. Several school districts will also present.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:01:51 AM                                                                                                                    
She recognized  the arrival  of Senators  Begich and  Coghill, and                                                              
Representative Parish.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:02:13 AM                                                                                                                    
JAMES FIELDS,  Chair, Alaska  State Board  of Education  and Early                                                              
Development,   Member,  Copper   River  School   Board,  presented                                                              
information on  the Alaska State  Board of  Education. He welcomed                                                              
all members of  the Association of Alaska  School Board (AASB) and                                                              
students to the meeting.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DRUMMOND noted the arrival of Representative Spohnholz.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FIELDS  shared  highpoints  from  the  State  School  Board's                                                              
Annual   Report.  The   Board's  mission   statement   for  public                                                              
education  in  Alaska   is,  "An  excellent  education  for  every                                                              
student, every  day. All students will  succeed in their education                                                              
and  work, shape  meaningful  life for  themselves,  exemplify the                                                              
best  values  of  society,  and  be  effective  in  improving  the                                                              
character  and quality  of the  world  about them."  The strategic                                                              
objectives  the  state   has  put  forward  are:  amplify  student                                                              
learning,    inspire   community    ownership    for   educational                                                              
excellence,  modernize  the  education  system,  ensure  excellent                                                              
educators, and promote safety and wellbeing.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FIELDS drew  attention to  new offices,  members,  and staff,                                                              
specifically   the  appointments   of   Dr.  Michael   Johnson  as                                                              
Commissioner of  Education on July 5, 2016,  and Sana Efird as the                                                              
sole  Deputy  Commissioner of  the  Department  of Education.  Dr.                                                              
Johnson has  served as superintendent  of the  Copper River School                                                              
District,  principal, curriculum  and staff  development director,                                                              
elementary  teacher,  and  special  education  program  assistant.                                                              
During  his tenure  as a principal,  Glennallen  School Elementary                                                              
School was  named a Blue Ribbon  School by the  U.S. Department of                                                              
Education. Dr.  Johnson is a  recipient of  the prestigious Milken                                                              
Educator Award.  He holds a  Bachelor of Arts degree  and a Master                                                              
of  Arts  in  Elementary   Teaching  from  Columbia  International                                                              
University,   and  a  Doctor   of  Philosophy   in  Education  and                                                              
Intercultural Studies from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:04:44 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.   FIELDS  reported   that   before   being  appointed   Deputy                                                              
Commissioner, Ms.  Efird was serving as  an Assistant Commissioner                                                              
in the  Department of Health  and Social Services  (DHSS). She has                                                              
a background  in education serving  as an executive  director of a                                                              
community  college  foundation,  director  of  development  for  a                                                              
private  school,  and teacher  and  staff  development  trainer in                                                              
public  schools. Ms.  Efird  holds a  Bachelor  of Arts  Degree in                                                              
Education from  the University of  South Carolina  and a Master of                                                              
Arts  Degree  in  Philanthropy  and  Development  from St.  Mary's                                                              
University in Minnesota.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:05:20 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  FIELDS shared  significant  steps  the Board  will  take this                                                              
year.  He  reported that  in  December  2016,  DEED selected  Data                                                              
Recognition   Corporation  (DRC)   as  the  vendor   of  statewide                                                              
assessments  in English,  Language Arts,  math, and science  to be                                                              
administered  the spring of 2017.  School districts  can choose to                                                              
give the tests  by paper or on computer.  He described the process                                                              
of  selecting the  vendor  and he  provided the  history  of DRC's                                                              
involvement in Alaska.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FIELDS  turned to  the  Every  Student  Succeeds  Act (ESSA),                                                              
which replaces  No Child  Left Behind  and is authorized  for four                                                              
years.  He said  the  department  continues  to reach  out  to all                                                              
stakeholders regarding ESSA.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:07:11 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. FIELDS  discussed Mt. Edgcumbe  High School and  the fact that                                                              
the State  Board serves as  its school board. He  said parents and                                                              
other  serve  on an  advisory  board.  In the  fall  of  2016, 434                                                              
students  attended Mt.  Edgcumbe. Alaska  Native  students compose                                                              
86 percent of the student population.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:08:11 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES thanked  Mr. Fields.  She noted  the Board  would be                                                              
back again before the Education Committee for a full meeting.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:09:14 AM                                                                                                                    
NORM  WOOTEN, Executive  Director,  Association  of  Alaska School                                                              
Boards (AASB),  presented information about  AASB. He related that                                                              
AASB is  a membership organization  consisting of  52 of 53 school                                                              
districts in  Alaska. Their  associate membership  consists of the                                                              
State  Board  of Education,  the  Commissioner  of  Education, the                                                              
Deputy Commissioner of Education, and Mt. Edgecumbe.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:10:12 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  WOOTEN addressed  AASB's  three areas  of  focus: governance,                                                              
the  Alaska Initiative  for  Community Engagement  (ICE),  and the                                                              
Consortium  for Digital  Learning (CDL).  AASB believes  that good                                                              
governance   by   school   boards   leads   to   greater   student                                                              
achievement.  Under   governance,  the   Board  offers  workshops,                                                              
strategic  planning,  self-assessment,   superintendent  searches,                                                              
and conferences.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
He  said  that under  Alaska  ICE  the  Board  works with  various                                                              
school  districts   to  engage   their  communities   for  greater                                                              
participation  in schools and  in Social Emotional  Learning. They                                                              
also administer the School Climate and Connectedness Survey.                                                                    
He described  the Board's management of  the Consortium of Digital                                                              
Learning  (CDL)  for  school  districts.  They  are  also  heavily                                                              
involved  in   language  preservation   and  provide  professional                                                              
development to teachers and staff as it relates to technology.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:12:38 AM                                                                                                                    
PETE  HOEPFNER,  President, Association  of  Alaska  School Boards                                                              
(AASB),  Member,  Cordova   School  Board,  presented  information                                                              
about  AASB.  He  addressed  AASB's  resolutions  and  where  ASSB                                                              
stands. He said  AASB uses resolutions as  a basis to advocate and                                                              
deliberate and  he provided the process  they use. The resolutions                                                              
provide   a  method   of   addressing   district   priorities  and                                                              
legislation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:14:30 AM                                                                                                                    
MR. HOEPFNER  showed AASB's  long-term goals for  2016-2019, which                                                              
are based  on data  and resolutions.  He stressed  that Alaska can                                                              
do  better. He  pointed  out that  AASB's  goals can  be  found on                                                              
BASIS.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. WOOTEN concluded that it was a brief synopsis of AASB.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:14:57 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  thanked Mr. Wooten  and Mr. Hoepfner  and introduced                                                              
former-Commissioner of Education Mike Hanley.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:15:22 AM                                                                                                                    
MIKE HANLEY,  Assistant  Superintendent, Chugach  School District,                                                              
presented  information  about  the  Chugach  School  District.  He                                                              
introduced  himself. He  said the committee  would hear  from five                                                              
districts  about their  innovative work  and unique ideas  to best                                                              
meet  the needs  of  their  students. He  noted  that  the Chugach                                                              
School  District is  a  unique and  successful  model;  the school                                                              
board and community accepts and pursues change.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:16:36 AM                                                                                                                    
CHARLENE  ARNESON,  President,  Chugach  School  Board,  presented                                                              
information  about the Chugach  School District.  She related that                                                              
18  years ago  communities  insisted  that  schools  "do something                                                              
better for our  kids." District staff and  leaders were willing to                                                              
put  forth the  effort  to make  the change.  She  emphasized that                                                              
they had to teach the way students learn.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:18:12 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  HANLEY  pointed  out  that  the  Chugach  Model  is the  only                                                              
competence-based  district  in Alaska.  It was  recognized  as the                                                              
first  competency-based   school  district   in  the  country  and                                                              
received the  Malcolm Baldrich  National Quality Award  in 2001 by                                                              
President Bush  for innovation  and quality. He  addressed how the                                                              
district  embraces innovation  by changing  educational variables,                                                              
drivers,  and delivery.  Learning is the  constant; timing  is the                                                              
variable. He  explained that they have  "levels" rather than grade                                                              
levels,  and students  work at  a pace  they  learn best  at their                                                              
level. Students have individualized learning plans.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Student needs  are the drivers and they  understand and meet State                                                              
Standards.   The   delivery   consists   of  direct   instruction,                                                              
technology,  and   combinations  of  methods.   The  goal  is  for                                                              
students to  be productive and  successful adults  when they leave                                                              
the school system.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:21:19 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.   HANLEY  described   the   Voyage   to  Excellence   program,                                                              
recognizing  that students in  small rural schools  are challenged                                                              
to have  "a vision  beyond" when  their experience  is  in a small                                                              
community.  The program is  a statewide  variable-term residential                                                              
school located  in Anchorage  with intensive instruction  and life                                                              
experiences   for  two  to  three   weeks  at   a  time.  Students                                                              
experience  ETT  training,  culinary  arts,  construction  trades,                                                              
driver's education,  SAT preparation, and  other opportunities, as                                                              
well as support to keep up with work from their home district.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MR.  HANLEY explained  that  Chugach School  District  has blurred                                                              
the edges  of what  is considered  a "district." They  changed the                                                              
definition  of who  "our  kids" are,  their responsibilities,  and                                                              
educational   partners.   Students   are   those   who   need  the                                                              
opportunity  to  engage in  any  program;  there are  partnerships                                                              
across the  state; their role  is to guide, lead,  share with, and                                                              
follow students, not just transmit knowledge.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The school  is redefining who  their partners are:  Copper River -                                                              
online classed,  Voyage to Excellence,  Northwestern Alaska Career                                                              
and  Technical  Center  (NACTEC)  in  Nome, Prince  William  Sound                                                              
College,   Kodiak   School   District,   Alaska's   Institute   of                                                              
Technology (AVTEC)  in Seward, community  businesses and agencies,                                                              
and tribal corporations.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:24:37 AM                                                                                                                    
He  concluded that  the district's  innovative  model has  been in                                                              
place  for over 20  years and  is showing  results -  students and                                                              
communities are  engaged and the graduation  rate is 87.6 percent,                                                              
ten  percent higher  than  the  state average.  He  stated  as the                                                              
district  continues to  pursue partnerships  and resources,  it is                                                              
becoming more innovative and effective.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:24:50 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES thanked  Mr. Hanley  and  the district  for "blazing                                                              
the trail with innovation." She introduced Mr. Herbert.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:25:23 AM                                                                                                                    
DAVE  HERBERT,   Superintendent,   St.  Mary's   School  District,                                                              
presented  information   about  St.  Mary's  School  District.  He                                                              
described  his  small,  single-site  district  with  a 99  percent                                                              
Yupik student  population of 200.  He added that  the district has                                                              
a  three-star rating  and  outstanding  parents,  teachers, staff,                                                              
and  community members.  He highlighted  the  Relevant Instruction                                                              
program, which  has helped to engage the  community, make learning                                                              
relevant, and gain parental support.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:27:15 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  HERBERT  described the  Relevant  Instruction  program  as an                                                              
outdoor  relevant  instruction  program  that  utilizes  the State                                                              
Standards  in a  rigorous  and meaningful  manner,  which provides                                                              
true relevancy  to the  unique student population,  community, and                                                              
environment.  During the trips,  students are  required to collect                                                              
such   things   as   vegetation   and   water   samples,   perform                                                              
mathematical  computation, write  daily journal articles,  use GPS                                                              
systems,  learn  the Yup'ik  language  and  gather other  specific                                                              
data  from the  environment. Back  in  the classroom  students are                                                              
required to  complete a comprehensive project  following clear and                                                              
concise  rubrics   which  incorporate   collected  data,  reading,                                                              
writing, science,  social studies,  technology, and  math, as well                                                              
as meeting  standards.  Students must  meet stringent  criteria to                                                              
go on the trip; good grades, behavior, and attendance.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He  said  that  parents   and  community  members  are  active  in                                                              
planning the trip  and parents are required  to attend meetings at                                                              
school and  are aware  of the criteria  for participation  and the                                                              
project. He  shared how teachers and staff  members participate in                                                              
the trips.  He provided  an example of  a new science  teacher who                                                              
got to go on  a moose hunting trip, learning  so much about Alaska                                                              
and his students' lifestyle.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He  concluded  that  once  the  project  has been  completed,  the                                                              
district  holds   a  feast,   which  pulls  together   the  entire                                                              
community. Relevant  Instruction has motivated  students and built                                                              
support for the program and pride in the community.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
8:31:30 AM                                                                                                                    
FRANCIS THOMPSON,  President,  St. Mary's School  Board, presented                                                              
information  about  St.  Mary's  School  District.  He shared  the                                                              
district's  mission  to  ensure  that  all  students  are  able to                                                              
realize  their dreams  through their  educational  experience. The                                                              
district  graduates a  wide  variety of  students,  including some                                                              
that  have gone  to Stanford  University  and  some who  choose to                                                              
live a  subsistence life  in the  village. The district's  goal is                                                              
to  produce   contributing  members   of  society   who  have  the                                                              
necessary  skills   to  become  gainfully   employed  in  whatever                                                              
vocation they may choose.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR.  THOMPSON said  the  Relevant Instruction  program  has helped                                                              
the district  and community.  It has encouraged  parents to become                                                              
involved  with  their students,  has  motivated  students  to have                                                              
good grades,  attendance,  and behavior,  and demonstrated  to the                                                              
community  that the  school values  their  culture. The  elders in                                                              
the community  are very  supportive of  the program  and when "you                                                              
have the  support of  the elders in  a small village,  things seem                                                              
to work much better."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:34:21 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  THOMPSON  listed  those  who  recently  visited  the  school:                                                              
Governor   Walker,  Senator   Murkowski,  Senator   Sullivan,  and                                                              
Senator Olson.  He said  they would  agree that St.  Mary's School                                                              
is doing some  innovative things with  limited resources to ensure                                                              
that  students receive  the  best possible  education  while being                                                              
careful how  state funds are utilized.  He concluded that Relevant                                                              
Instruction is  one of many  programs used by  the school district                                                              
to improve the quality of education "outside of the box.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:35:16 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES thanked  Mr.  Thompson. She  introduced  Ms. Andrews                                                              
and Mr. Piazza.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:35:32 AM                                                                                                                    
KAY ANDREWS,  President, Southwest Region  School Board, presented                                                              
information  about  Southwest  Region  School  District.  She said                                                              
Southwest   Region   schools   are  meeting   Alaska's   education                                                              
challenge  for children through  its innovative  and collaborative                                                              
efforts sustained by stable education funding.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:36:54 AM                                                                                                                    
DAVID PIAZZA,  Superintendent,  Southwest Region  School District,                                                              
presented information  about Southwest Region  School District. He                                                              
related  that over  the  years, Southwest  Region  School District                                                              
has,  along  with other  school  districts  across  the  state and                                                              
nation, focused  its limited  resources on core  reading, writing,                                                              
and  mathematics;  basic  skills due  to  the  emphasis  placed on                                                              
measurement  by standardized  tests. Staff  size has  been reduced                                                              
in  this period  as well  due  to increasing  costs  and shrinking                                                              
budgets.  As a result,  the variety  of courses  and opportunities                                                              
and  experiences  for students  in  areas  like  music,  art, home                                                              
economics, business,  and many  of the other  career and technical                                                              
pathways  have dwindled  dramatically. This  state of  affairs was                                                              
not acceptable.  To provide  more options  and variety  of classes                                                              
to students,  the District  has implemented  several collaborative                                                              
and innovative programs:                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Collaborative Exploration Weeks designed to increase course                                                                
     offerings.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
     Refocused instruction in the local Yup'ik language and                                                                     
     culture to promote student well-being and a sense of place                                                                 
     and self.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     Increased use of technology to access new curricula and                                                                    
     share resources between schools.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:38:23 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  ANDREWS  explained  that  to  address  the  issue of  limited                                                              
course offerings,  the district established  a series of mini-term                                                              
courses called  Exploration Week  offered four times  per year for                                                              
one week.  They were created  by extending the  school days during                                                              
normal school  weeks to allow for this  instructional time without                                                              
cutting  time  in other  more  standard  courses. These  week-long                                                              
learning opportunities  provide a  variety of  hands-on career and                                                              
life skills  experiences for students that  promote engagement and                                                              
spark  student  interest,  while  also providing  additional  high                                                              
school or dual credit options.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Through  a  partnership  of all  four  Bristol  Bay region  school                                                              
districts,  the   collaborative  establishment   of  a  concurrent                                                              
calendar with  Bristol Bay Borough  and Lake  and Peninsula School                                                              
districts  for  the four  Exploration  Week  sessions  has allowed                                                              
situation  where students  can travel  to  take courses  where the                                                              
instructional  expertise or  equipment may  be located.  This past                                                              
spring, students  in three of the four  districts were surveyed to                                                              
determine  interest  in  career  and vocational  education  course                                                              
areas.  From  this  data, a  range  of  courses  were planned  and                                                              
hosted in  Naknek, King Salmon  and Dillingham.  Among the options                                                              
provided was a  Private Pilot Ground School  course taught in King                                                              
Salmon, an  Emergency Trauma Technician  (ETT) certification class                                                              
in Dillingham  taught  by hospital  and volunteer  fire department                                                              
staff, and many other courses.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Students  from   across  the  four  districts   applied  and  were                                                              
selected for  attendance. The success  rate was high.  A number of                                                              
students  returned   home  with  recognized   industry  and  state                                                              
certifications.   All  students   not  traveling   to  the  Career                                                              
Technical  Education  (CTE) region-wide  courses  were  also given                                                              
new  options  in  their   local  schools,  based  on  the  student                                                              
interest  survey  data. Students  in  each  of Southwest  Region's                                                              
schools  were allowed  to select  courses  that they  had interest                                                              
in. On site, at home, a wide range of courses were offered.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Career and Technical Education courses including:                                                                               
     Driver's Education                                                                                                         
     A range of cooking classes                                                                                                 
     Furniture Making                                                                                                           
     Journalism                                                                                                                 
     Digital Moviemaking                                                                                                        
     Computer Aided Design                                                                                                      
     Computer Aided Fabrication                                                                                                 
     Introduction to Computer Programming                                                                                       
     Introduction to Robotics                                                                                                   
Art courses including:                                                                                                          
     Wood Burning                                                                                                               
     Introduction to Painting                                                                                                   
     Introduction to Photography                                                                                                
     Creative Writing                                                                                                           
Commercial Fishing related courses like Net Bench Making                                                                        
Personal Safety related courses including:                                                                                      
     Hunter Education                                                                                                           
     Firearms Safety                                                                                                            
     Outdoor Survival Skills                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She concluded that none of this would have been possible without                                                                
collaboration with area organizations and other districts in the                                                                
region.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:41:44 AM                                                                                                                    
MARIE  PAUL,  Vice  President,   Southwest  Region  School  Board,                                                              
provided information  about the Southwest  Region School District.                                                              
She explained  that the  parents and  communities of  their region                                                              
see a  need to  ensure that  the young  people remain  grounded in                                                              
local  language and  culture. Students  who  are well  grounded in                                                              
their  language,  traditions,  customs,  and  values  will  become                                                              
contributing  members of their  communities in  whatever role they                                                              
choose  to undertake,  whether that  requires  additional training                                                              
outside of  the community or  whether it can  be accomplished with                                                              
survival   and  life  skills   that  have   been  passed   on  for                                                              
generations.  The  District's  Yup'ik  Studies program  integrates                                                              
Yup'ik  language,  art, science,  and  local  knowledge  to ensure                                                              
that  students  know  who  they  are  and  build  their  sense  of                                                              
belonging in the world.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Providing instruction in the Yup'ik language is a vital part of                                                                 
our programs. This requires both the use of distance learning                                                                   
technologies and a collaborative effort in scheduling. In some                                                                  
smaller sites, where the number of staff are limited or where the                                                               
language has not been spoken at concentrated levels for many                                                                    
years, this was a challenge. An example of how they are meeting                                                                 
this challenge is the course taught by experienced Yup'ik                                                                       
language teacher, Larry Bartman. He teaches Yup'ik Eskimo                                                                       
Orthography daily to students in another small site by video-                                                                   
conference. To make this and other courses possible, the                                                                        
District established a common bell schedule across all its                                                                      
schools so that students could have access to additional course                                                                 
offerings taught by highly effective instructors.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
In addition to culture courses like this one, during the                                                                        
Exploration Weeks the district is able to bring courses back                                                                    
into schools that promote students' sense of culture and self.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Yup'ik culture related courses were offered including:                                                                          
     Storytelling                                                                                                               
     Yup'ik Dance                                                                                                               
     Qaspeq Making                                                                                                              
     Trapping                                                                                                                   
     Steam Building                                                                                                             
     Native food preparation                                                                                                    
     Skin Sewing                                                                                                                
     Uluaq and harpoon making                                                                                                   
     Parka Making                                                                                                               
     Subsistence Meat Processing                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
She concluded that none of this would have been possible without                                                                
technological innovation and collaboration with instructors                                                                     
across the district.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:44:21 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  PIAZZA added  that in  addition to  collaborative  efforts to                                                              
make  CTE  and other  course  offerings  possible,  and  a renewed                                                              
focus  on culture,  the  District  has also  expanded  the  use of                                                              
online  curricular  content and  resources.  These  online courses                                                              
and  materials do  not  replace instructors,  rather  they provide                                                              
additional  tools  that  allow  for  blended instruction   and the                                                              
offering  of   courses  not  possible   before.  The  face-to-face                                                              
support of  locally-based teachers  with the  effective technology                                                              
skills,  an  understanding  of  necessary  pacing,  and access  to                                                              
resources found  in online course management  and delivery systems                                                              
are all  critical for the success  of this initiative.  The use of                                                              
online  platforms  allows   for  a  variety  of  course  offerings                                                              
enabling student  interest levels  to be pursued.  In addition, it                                                              
ensures  that  the  quality   of  instruction  remains  consistent                                                              
across  all  schools.  For  example,  this  semester  students  in                                                              
Koliganek,  which is a  high school  with two teachers,  were able                                                              
to  study  forensics,  a  field  which  a  number  have  expressed                                                              
interests in  during the year. Students  received instruction from                                                              
a local instructor,  and an online curriculum  utilizing a blended                                                              
model.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
He emphasized that none of this would have been possible without                                                                
exploring new models of instruction and utilizing new sources of                                                                
materials.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:45:51 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. PAUL said that they know that these innovations are making a                                                                
difference in the learning of students. During a recent                                                                         
basketball tournament held at the "Chief" Ivan Blunka School in                                                                 
New Stuyahok, a group of 5 or 6 students were running a print                                                                   
shop on their own, to raise funds for student activities.                                                                       
Utilizing skills learned in a Computer Aided Design (CAD)                                                                       
Fabrication & Entrepreneurship course, the students operated                                                                    
computer aided design software, industry standard vinyl cutting                                                                 
equipment, business concepts for the purchasing and                                                                             
manufacturing of goods, and customer relations skills. The                                                                      
students were hardworking, dedicated, and responsible and                                                                       
completed all their orders for custom tee shirts. There was                                                                     
pride and ownership displayed by these students. The students                                                                   
recognized each other's strengths and expertise and worked as a                                                                 
team.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:46:55 AM                                                                                                                    
MS. ANDREWS concluded that the District realizes the importance                                                                 
of ensuring that students graduate with the skills necessary to                                                                 
meet Alaska's education challenge. Students deserve stable                                                                      
educational funding to meet the high expectations of our state.                                                                 
"We stand ready to meet Alaska's Education Challenge and hope                                                                   
for your continued support in doing so."                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES thanked the presenters.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
8:47:32 AM                                                                                                                    
KATHY TODD,  M.D., Vice President, Valdez  School Board, presented                                                              
information  about  the  Valdez  City  Schools.  She related  that                                                              
Valdez  is a city  school  district with  about 650  students. She                                                              
said she  is here to advocate  for a sustainable  fiscal plan that                                                              
continues  to invest  in students.  Cuts alone  will not  create a                                                              
sustainable  fiscal plan and  are incompatible  with a sustainable                                                              
future for  children. She  said even  with flat funding  there are                                                              
rising   costs   like    insurance   that   eat   into   classroom                                                              
expenditures.  She  requested  a plan  that  puts  money  into the                                                              
revenue side  of the budget  to have enough funds  to quit burning                                                              
through savings and make funding predictable and adequate.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR. TODD related  that Valdez has worked for  years to try to make                                                              
efficient use  of funds and  she provided an example.  She noted a                                                              
need for methods  that teach all students  at their own levels all                                                              
day. She  said they  have used grants  to offset  costs to certify                                                              
teachers  in multiple  subjects.  She  described  solutions within                                                              
teacher  negotiations and  the ability  to decrease  the workforce                                                              
by  attrition,   not  pink   slips,  and  strategic   hiring.  She                                                              
described methods  that the district  has used to  make up for the                                                              
loss of  funding. She provided  an example of a  local student who                                                              
returned  to  teach  after   employment  outside  of  Alaska.  She                                                              
related  how   positions  were  combined   and  community  members                                                              
recruited.  She provided  examples how  these efforts  would offer                                                              
more choices for students.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:52:17 AM                                                                                                                    
She  stressed  that  cost-effective   and  educationally-effective                                                              
solutions take  predictable funding. She  concluded that districts                                                              
need  the  predictability   in  funding  that  will  come  from  a                                                              
sustainable   fiscal   plan   that  supports   education.   "Then,                                                              
districts can  invest in ways  that will support  what we have now                                                              
and move our kids forward."                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:52:43 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES thanked Dr. Todd.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:52:49 AM                                                                                                                    
SEAN  DUSEK,   Superintendent,  Kenai   Peninsula  Borough  School                                                              
District  (KPBSD), President,  Alaska Superintendents  Association                                                              
(ASA), presented information on KPBSD.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:53:52 AM                                                                                                                    
PENNY  VADLA,  Vice  President,  Kenai  Peninsula  Borough  School                                                              
Board, presented  information  about KPBSD. She  described KPBSD's                                                              
diverse populations,  a microcosm  in the  state due  to its large                                                              
size. She said  that KPBSD works to provide  a quality diploma and                                                              
has prepared students  using a variety of  methods and programs to                                                              
be career ready or college ready.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
MR.  DUSEK added  that  they  work hard  to  prepare  students for                                                              
life.  He  pointed   out  that  419   students  received  industry                                                              
certifications.  He described  the Jumpstart  program,  which lets                                                              
students earn college credit.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:55:57 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  VADLA  explained  the  Effective  Instruction  Committee  has                                                              
allowed  schools, teachers,  and partnerships  to  collaborate and                                                              
the  district  has  become   more  efficient  and  effective.  She                                                              
described  how  workshops  and professional  development  training                                                              
allows  teachers  to  be  collaborative.  The  district  has  also                                                              
aligned  curriculum  and   grades,  which  has  allowed  for  best                                                              
practices.  She gave examples  of Classroom Without  Walls, Hybrid                                                              
School,   distance  delivery,   and  partnerships,   which  allows                                                              
students to succeed and possibly to return to the community.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:58:59 AM                                                                                                                    
MR.  DUSEK  described  the Digital  Technology  Initiative  (DTI),                                                              
partnerships, in  which they use video  conferencing and Skype for                                                              
Business.   He  showed  a   list  of  the   district's  innovative                                                              
programs.  He  said he  is  excited that  KPBSD  students  will be                                                              
presenting   how  they  facilitate   video  conferencing   to  the                                                              
legislature on February 22.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:00:52 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  VADLA spoke  of the  offerings  in the  Career  and Technical                                                              
Education  (CTS)  academies.  She  noted  they  are  aligned  with                                                              
Jumpstart and  with vocational  technology offered  in Seward. She                                                              
said the district is well-rounded.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
She stressed that  a challenge to the  district is the uncertainty                                                              
regarding  education  funding. A  fiscal  plan is  needed  that is                                                              
adequate and  sustainable to  provide a quality  education for all                                                              
students. She  stressed the  importance of students'  futures. She                                                              
thanked  the  committees   for  their  time.  She  concluded  that                                                              
"education  is  the  most  important  thing  that  we  do in  this                                                              
state."                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:02:25 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  thanked the presenters.  She said she  is excited to                                                              
hear from students.  She requested that  presenters submit written                                                              
documents. She noted the presence of Senator Giessel.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:03:44 AM                                                                                                                    
DANNY FRAZIER,  Superintendent,  Dillingham City  School District,                                                              
presented  information  on  Dillingham  City  School District.  He                                                              
shared  a  story  about  education  management  and  the need  for                                                              
schools to be  innovative. He suggested that  doing away with some                                                              
legislation  would  be  helpful,  such  as unfunded  mandates.  He                                                              
requested sustainable funding and less unfunded mandates.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:05:54 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  HUGHES  suggested   Mr.  Frazier  provide  a  list  of  the                                                              
unfunded mandates he would like to see removed.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:06:05 AM                                                                                                                    
KEVIN  SHIPLEY,   Superintendent,   Kake  City   School  District,                                                              
presented  information  about the  Kake City  School  District. He                                                              
noted their  School Board has  been very forward  thinking and has                                                              
approved a resolution  to adopt college  and career indicators. He                                                              
said  one   of  the  indicators   is  that  a   student  not  need                                                              
remediation  courses  to   enter  college.  ASSA  has  launched  a                                                              
national  campaign called  "Redefining  Readiness"  which proposes                                                              
researched-based  metrics  and  indicators  that  more  accurately                                                              
reflect  the  educational landscape  of  the  21st Century,  while                                                              
including   multiple   researched-based   metrics   that   include                                                              
advanced  placement courses,  Algebra  II, early  college credits,                                                              
industry  credentials,  attendance, and  community  service, among                                                              
others.  When  implemented  as  part  of  the  Alaska  Performance                                                              
Indicators,  it would  give  an accurate  picture  of  student and                                                              
district  performance,  providing a  consistent,  fair,  and long-                                                              
term  solid road  map  for the  state,  business  communities, and                                                              
school leaders  to accurately effect and  evaluate performance. He                                                              
stated  advantages of  the program,  which  is research  based. He                                                              
concluded  that the  Kake  City School  Board  wants to  have 21st                                                              
Century accountability.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:08:20 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES  thanked Mr. Shipley  and requested that  he send the                                                              
resolution electronically to the committee.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR DRUMMOND noted the arrival of Representative Reinbold.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:08:49 AM                                                                                                                    
ANDI  STORY,  Vice  President,   Juneau  School  Board,  presented                                                              
information about  the Juneau Borough School  District. She voiced                                                              
appreciation for  the committee, the  Governor's education budget,                                                              
and the Senator Majority's education survey.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
She  shared  a program  at  Thunder  Mountain  High School  (TMHS)                                                              
called  Extension/Enrichment  time  scheduled  within  the  school                                                              
day.  It  provides  more  minutes  of instruction  or  enrichment.                                                              
Also,  TMHS began  a "caring  alert"  that consists  of  an online                                                              
form distributed  to teachers  and support  staff for  the purpose                                                              
of getting help  for students. She said she  is proud of their 100                                                              
percent  Alaska Native  graduation  rate. She  concluded  that the                                                              
Juneau  School District  made  the AP  Honor roll  last  year, the                                                              
first  school  in Alaska  with  an enrollment  of  under  8,000 to                                                              
receive the  award. It  means that students  scored a  3 or higher                                                              
on their AP tests.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:11:18 AM                                                                                                                    
KATHY  TRAN,  Student,   Juneau  Douglas  High  School,  presented                                                              
information  about the Juneau  Borough School  District. She spoke                                                              
of gratitude  for the education  system, her  teachers, peers, and                                                              
school  programs  and  organizations,  and  for the  legislature's                                                              
support of education.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:12:22 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES thanked the presenters.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:12:32 AM                                                                                                                    
TAM AGOSTI-GISLER,  President,  Anchorage School  Board, presented                                                              
information  about  the  Anchorage  School  District.  She  listed                                                              
positives  from the  district:  saving money  by  sharing services                                                              
with  the  Municipality  of  Anchorage,  shifting  the  debt  bond                                                              
reimbursement  from a liability  without impacting  taxpayers, and                                                              
strategies for  dealing with increasing  health care costs through                                                              
an employer-sponsored clinic.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She described  the Alaska Middle College  Program in the Anchorage                                                              
School  District. Anticipating  that  the demand  will  be greater                                                              
than the  availability, she  said they  are looking  at making the                                                              
Teen Career Center into a Middle College Campus.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:14:30 AM                                                                                                                    
MS.  AGOSTI-GISLER  recalled  a  story  when  she  was an  at-risk                                                              
teacher  about students  that could  not read.  She said  by third                                                              
grade, a student  who is not literate,  has a diminished chance of                                                              
graduating. She  related that the Board has  invested in a new K-2                                                              
curriculum,  a reading  program  to  improve reading  proficiency.                                                              
They are  also providing  instructional  coaches to  help teachers                                                              
improve reading  proficiency. She concluded  that the district has                                                              
found a better  measurement of academic progress  in the MAP test,                                                              
which  will be  given in  grades 3  - 8  because it  provides more                                                              
information.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:16:05 AM                                                                                                                    
STARR   MARSETT,  Member,   Anchorage   School   Board,  presented                                                              
information  about the  Anchorage School  District.  She explained                                                              
the expansion  of Site-Based Behavioral Support  that will be used                                                              
in  four  schools  and   will  close  the  "segregated  behavioral                                                              
school."  It  will  help  increase  student  learning,  lower  the                                                              
achievement  gap,  and create  academic  success.  She  shared her                                                              
son's success in site-based behavioral support.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:17:59 AM                                                                                                                    
ANNA  POTTER,   Student,  Anchorage  School   District,  presented                                                              
information  on the Anchorage  School  District. She  spoke of the                                                              
Data Dashboard,  a public service for  education stakeholders that                                                              
lists  problems  in  the  district  and proposed  solutions.  This                                                              
information can be found on the ASC website.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:18:55 AM                                                                                                                    
HAILEY EDMONSON,  Student, South Anchorage  High School, Anchorage                                                              
School  District,   presented  information   about  the  Anchorage                                                              
School  District. She  listed several  innovative programs  in the                                                              
district  like Lee  Butterfield's  Announcement,  Media,  and Drum                                                              
Class, and Captured Kids Heart, which trains teachers.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:20:14 AM                                                                                                                    
PAT   HIGGINS,   Member,   Anchorage   School   Board,   presented                                                              
information  about  the Anchorage  School  District.  He discussed                                                              
the  impact  of  increased  health  care  costs  in the  district,                                                              
especially health  insurance. He  said they are  trying to address                                                              
the  problem  by  having  an  employee  clinic.  He  stressed  the                                                              
importance of addressing the high costs of health care.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:21:59 AM                                                                                                                    
ALEISHA MOLLEN,  Member, Wrangell  School Board,  Wrangell Borough                                                              
School   District,  presented   information  about   the  Wrangell                                                              
Borough  School  District. She  related  that Commissioner  Drygas                                                              
from  the  Department  of  Transportation  and  Public  Facilities                                                              
(DOTPF)  reported  that  75 percent  of  Alaska  students  are not                                                              
successful  at  getting a  four-year  degree.  She said  preparing                                                              
students for jobs is an area that needs work.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
She noted that  career and technology college  programs are on the                                                              
rise,  an  area  in  which   Wrangell  exceeds.  She  described  a                                                              
collaborative  effort   between  the  community   and  the  school                                                              
district in  which the local hospital  provides instruction in the                                                              
Certified  Nursing Assistant  Program.  The local  fire department                                                              
provides  EMT  and  ETT  training.  She  described  a  fabrication                                                              
program the uses  a 3-D printer to make  musical instrument parts.                                                              
She   highlighted   the  welding   program.   She   concluded  the                                                              
legislature to provide stable funding for those programs.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:24:58 AM                                                                                                                    
STEWART  MCDONALD, Superintendent,  Kodiak  Island  Borough School                                                              
District  (KIBSD),  presented information  about  KIBSD.  He noted                                                              
that  KIBSD   is  known   as  a  career/technology   and  research                                                              
district. He  introduced four students in  his district and shared                                                              
their stories.  He stressed the importance  of individual learning                                                              
and the  uniqueness  of Alaska.  He spoke  of high costs  in rural                                                              
Alaska.   He  said   district   performance   matters   when  they                                                              
collaborate  with  industry  leaders  that  motivate students.  He                                                              
provided  examples  of leadership  partnerships  in  Akhiok School                                                              
and in the  Yupiit School District. He  concluded that KIBSD needs                                                              
sustainable  education  funding  to  remain  innovative,  focus on                                                              
individual  students,   and  not  let   national  statistics  tell                                                              
Alaska's story.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:30:24 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR HUGHES thanked the presenter.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:30:51 AM                                                                                                                    
MARK   SOMERVILLE,   President,   Copper   River   School   Board,                                                              
introduced students from the Copper River School District.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA FRIENDSHUH,  Student, Copper River  School District (CRSD),                                                              
provided information  about (CRSD). She  provided a student's view                                                              
of an online classroom.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES  thanked Ms. Friendshuh  and noted  the committee has                                                              
been  focusing   on  distant   education.  She   thanked  all  the                                                              
presenters. She  suggested committee members  submit questions and                                                              
presenters submit presentations to her office.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR HUGHES announced the next meeting.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:33:18 AM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  DRUMMOND thanked  the  presenters  and shared  that  she is                                                              
always inspired by school boards and students.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:33:33 AM                                                                                                                    
There  being no  further business  to  come before  the committee,                                                              
Chair Hughes adjourned  the joint meeting  of the Senate and House                                                              
Education Standing Committees at 9:33 a.m.                                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
WhatIsAASB-Norm2017.pptx SEDC 2/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
Straight up Facts FY17.pdf SEDC 2/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
2017 KPBSD Legislative Priorities.pdf SEDC 2/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
Budget Handout details for reference from finance department.docx SEDC 2/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
Position Talking Points SWRSD Draft3.pdf SEDC 2/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
Anchorage School District Documents.pdf SEDC 2/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
St. Mary's School District Relevant Instruction.pdf SEDC 2/13/2017 8:00:00 AM
Kake School District Overview and Resolution.pdf SEDC 2/13/2017 8:00:00 AM