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JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard and local school representatives expanded their partnership during an event held at the Huff Ackerman Saunders Federal Building, Tuesday.
Capt. Melissa Rivera, chief of staff, Coast Guard 17th District, and Ted Wilson, director of teaching and learning support, Juneau School District, signed a Partners in Education memorandum of understanding that serves as an agreement by which Coast Guard members will provide academic, recreational and social support to the students and faculty at Glacier Valley Elementary School, Harborview Elementary School and Riverbend Elementary School.
This partnership expands on a prior MOU signed in 2017 and that only included Harborview. While the new agreement places priority on the three Title I schools within Juneau, support is available to all schools within the school district at staff request through the 17th District Partnership in Education coordinator, Lt. Cmdr. Scott McCann. This support comes in addition to the support already provided by local Coast Guard parents who already play an active role at their children’s schools.
In event attendance were Elizabeth Pisel-Davis, Molly Box, Cmdr. Christopher Coutu and Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Hatland.
Pisel-Davis is the principal at Riverbend who took over last year after an unscheduled departure of the previous principal, Box is the new principal at Harborview who started with the 2019 school year, Coutu is a judge advocate with the 17th District and Hatland is the district command center chief.