FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) On November 5, Superintendent of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Karen Gaborik addressed the Fairbanks Chamber membership about the state of schools in Fairbanks.
Superintendent Karen Gaborik giving a speech at the Fairbanks Chamber Weekly Business Lunch about the state of schools in Fairbanks(Carly Sjordal/KTVF)
During the speech Gaborik introduced the new director of public relations Yumi McCulloch, and new board members Jennifer Luke and Matthew Sampson.
She provided district data showing that enrollment is down, with the numbers showing that the district will have 45 fewer students than last year. Additionally Graduation rates are up with a steady increase leading to 80.2 percent, and dropout rates have decreased to 3.5 percent.
During the growth management plan researched by the Fairbanks North Star Borough it was found the department of labor student employee projections were significantly lower than projected and actively declining.
Gaborik also talked briefly about the budget saying the district is "waiting with baited breath to see what the governor's budget is on December 15th."
Gaborik reiterated again that the school times are going to possibly make a transition to later high school starts, which will be discussed in the next school board meeting.
At the close of her speech she shifted to talk about the borough's newly approved strategic plan. The plan involves goals to increase student success, equity and inclusion, and workforce and organizational excellence. She spoke to their new goal added around Equity and Inclusion saying "Specifically in this goal we want to close opportunity gaps while increasing student outcomes and achievements for all. We also want to create a culture of belonging and inclusion for all, where issues of intolerance are addressed through education, awareness and civic responsibility. Those are two very specific objectives in the strategic plan."
Gaborik also commented on the new Fairbanks North Star Borough School District webpage. She noted the new communication method on the website entitled 'Lets Talk', an online chat service to increase communication with parents, community stakeholders and anyone with questions for the district.
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