A standing-room-only crowd filed into City Hall Monday evening for a meeting that lasted three hours. School funding and a Nome Volunteer Ambulance Dept. contract with Norton Sound Health Corp. drew many people to the podium during public comment.
Additional money for schools is up in the air until the state House of Representatives adopts a budget, but school administrators, facing a shortfall of over a million dollars or more have been preparing for drastic cuts to the programs and teacher layoffs. The Nome Common Council has not yet taken up a tentative budget; however, the panel planned to meet with the school officials on April 12 at noon. Teachers, parents and young students pleaded with the Council to make school money a priority and to allow art, the librarian and physical education to stay in the school budget. The Council must set the school contribution by May 31. Some said they would be willing to pay more property tax if it would benefit the schools.
Ambulance volunteers and Council members asked for a resolution and acknowledgement of Vickie Erickson’s 24 years of service to NVAD. Erickson, chief for the past six years, gave a letter of resignation to City Manager Tom Moran, dated April 4. Her letter praised ambulance volunteers.
“I would like to highlight that over 24 years I have worked with some of the most amazing people I have ever met who day after day have sacrificed their lives and families to serve the City. It is these people who deserve the highest thanks,” Erickson said.
Ambulance might be in Erickson’s blood. She began volunteering on an…
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