Mr. John P. Conwell

Phone: (907) 581-3151


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Mr. John P. Conwell


Superintendent's Report to the Board of Education


September 12, 2019


Enrollment: As of Friday, September 6, there were 410 students enrolled in grades kindergarten through 12. On this same date last year, there were 412 students enrolled. Our official count for FY19 was 421 students. For FY20, the District built a budget anticipating 420 students. The State’s official count period for FY20 runs from September 30 through October 25 for a total of 20 school days. It is encouraging to see the District’s enrollment stabilize after reaching a low of 375 students back in FY16.

School Bus Update: The transfer of the District’s pupil transportation services from DH Transit (DBA Alaska Waste) to Bering Shai Pedwell Transportation, LLC occurred on August 19. The District is continuing to work through some issues that the new bus contractor is having, primarily due to a shortage of drivers and bus driver licensure requirements. The District and the contractor are working together to get these issues resolved soon. The District wishes to publicly thank DH Transit’s management for assisting with the training of new drivers for the first 3 weeks of school.

School Safety and Well-Being Summit: The District has assembled a team to participate in the second School Safety and Well-Being Summit to be held in Anchorage on September 18-20. The District’s team is comprised of a school board member, a police officer, two high school students, a high school teacher, the high school registrar/secretary, and the superintendent. Travel expenses for this summit are reimbursed to the District through a grant from the State of Alaska. The team hopes to bring back valuable information that will support the District’s mission to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for its students and staff.

Department of Justice (DOJ) Visit: As of the writing of this memo, members of agencies affiliated with the United States Department of Justice are scheduled to visit Unalaska on September 11th. The high school Government class will host representatives from the U.S. Attorney General’s office and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in a question and answer session. This DOJ visit is a follow-up to U.S. Attorney General Robert Barr’s recent visit to rural Alaska to assess law enforcement and quality of life issues. DOJ is hoping to hear from our students what they see as critical issues facing our community.