(I felt this was pertinent to Alaska hunting, sorry to the mods if it is in the wrong forum)
To all parents of children within the Anchorage School District
Inre: upcoming school calendar, earlier start to school year:
On monday, August 25th at 6:30 pm the Anchorage School Board will meet and one of the things on the agenda is the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school calendars.
Start of school is being pushed up ever-earlier before Labor Day and it is impacting many who traditionally hunt and fish with their families that time of year. Without going into all the details here, if you are a parent of an ASD student and your hunting and fishing activities are being affected, now is an opportunity to make your voice heard.
Here is a link to a pdf file explaining things more; scroll down to bottom to view comments already sent in, some of which advocate for a later start date for hunting and fishing activities:
Here is cut and paste of where the meeting is and how to sign up to voice your concerns. You can also provide written comments. Again, the meeting is this next monday August 25th at 6:30pm
Persons may notify the Superintendentís Office to sign-up to testify to the School Board at any time before 5:30 p.m., or one hour prior to the start of the meeting, whichever is earlier. Contact may be made in one of the following ways:
Letter: Anchorage School District, 5530 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135 (Letter must be received by the date of the meeting.)
In person: 5530 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage
If the person has not called in, or otherwise provided notification before 5:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting, they may sign-up with the School Board secretary in the board room until the president has called the meeting to order. Persons wishing to testify should give the secretary their name, telephone number, and topic of their testimony. Persons may not sign-up other persons to testify.
A sign will be posed in a prominent place in the board room advising the public of their right to sign-up prior to the beginning of the meeting; this sign will also have a copy of the agenda and a list of those who have previously signed up (without telephone numbers) to testify.
Persons who wish to sign-up after the president has called the meeting to order will be advised by the president if they will be allowed to testify.
Sign-up procedures will also be posted on the ASD web site each time the agenda is posted, and in any advertisement relating to a School Board meeting.
People may testify about items on the agenda when the item is discussed during the meeting.
If you comment, please do so respectfully and cordially. Thanks to Brian M for keeping us all up to speed on this. Here's a link to comments AK BHA sent in too, outlining what we view as the problems with the earlier start dates: