Anchorage School Board
Creating a high performing district
The Anchorage School Board is a municipal-wide elected body with governance responsibility for the Anchorage School District. As a governance board, it is our responsibility to:
- set a clear direction for the district;
- empower and hold accountable the superintendent for implementing our direction and managing district operations;
- develop and adopt policies and budgets that support and implement the board’s direction; and
- model the professionalism and degree of effort they expect from students, families and staff.
School Board Recognitions - September 11
English Language Learners summer enrichment program on the campus of University of Alaska Anchorage. There were 150 students from 25 middle and high school programs. Receiving elective high school credit and a university course credit, students participated in theme studies. Phil Farson, director of ELL, and Matalie Moten, teacher, coordinated the program for ASD.
Helping Us Give School Supplies (HUGSS) has distributed school supplies to well over 75,000 students since the program began in 2001. Alan Budahl, Executive Director of Lutheran Social Services has been spearheading the program for five years. This year alone more than 3,000 students received supplies distributed at East High School, made possible with assistance from ASD staff, Catholic Social Services, community volunteers, and business donations.
The Clothesline Project is a product of the Anchorage Cops for Community non-profit organization. A back-to-school clothing drive provided 600-700 individuals with free clothing at the Northway Mall. Officer Angie Fraize is the APD representative for Cops for Community. The APD was joined by the UAA Cheer Team, Tasarla Shae, Coach.
Anchorage students participate in the Anchorage Youth Court and placed in the top three of the Ninth Circuit Civics Contest. This year’s theme was “Not to Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment.” Students were challenged to write an essay or produce a short video-the goals of which were to consider the relevance of the government seeking to protect the nation from terrorism and the incarceration of Japanese-American citizens at the onset of World War II. Olivia Colleen Tafs, a freshman at West High School was the 1st place winner of the National Essay Contest. Sarah Chen, a West High School senior won 3rd place. In the video contest, Sarah Chen and Brynn Morse, an East High School junior (working as a page for Senator Lisa Murkowski this semester), won 1st place.
Agendas, memos and documents
School board documents are available through BoardDocs. Documents prior to October 2012 are in the board archives. Board committee information is available under the "Library" tab. Policies are also available under the "Policies" tab.
Beginning with the Board Meeting on August 1, the Anchorage School Board will follow a new time schedule. The Board meets twice a month using the following format:
- 4-6 p.m. Work session in the boardroom
- 6-7 p.m. Regular meeting - executive/early session in conference room 150
- 7 p.m. Regular meeting – late session in the boardroom
The Work Session and the Regular Session are broadcast live on ASD-TV online.
You may sign up to testify, in person or telephonically, on an agenda item or other topic not on the agenda. There are two opportunities to testify during board meetings: At the beginning and end of each session. Speaking time is limited to three minutes.
School board meetings are held at the ASD Education Center, 5530 E Northern Lights Blvd., unless otherwise noted. An assistive listening system is available for use in the school board meeting room. To obtain headsets and information, call 907-742-4312.