Principal’s Corner

We promise to …

•Help our students increase their math performance 4% annually and their reading performance 3% annually,
•Treat all students with compassion, dignity, and respect so that at least 80% will continue schooling with GCSD, and
•Personalize instruction for each student based on assessment data.

February 6, 2019

Dear GILA Parents & Guardians:

I hope this letter finds you and your family well.

I would like to let you know about a few of the positive changes that are in process and changes we are working to accomplish at The Galena Interior Learning Academy. These changes will improve the services we are able to provide for your student.

  1. There is a large building on the GILA campus which used to serve as the Headquarters building when the Air Force occupied this site. A complete renovation of this building will begin in the coming weeks. Our initial plans for this facility are to house our science, technology, and math courses. (STEM) As we look to increase our offerings in the Health Career industry we may place these additional classes in this new building. We should be ready to move into this building in August of 2020.
  2. While the funds have not yet been secured, we are very hopeful that money will be allocated to replace all of the flooring in the student dorms. If this comes through, work on this project would begin this summer. We are also hoping to renovate another of the largest buildings on the GILA campus. If this occurs the completion date is projected to be the fall of 2021.
  3. Each year a committee reviews, edits, and proposes changes to our three handbooks (Student, Residential Life, & Activities). Committee members include students, teachers, classified staff, administrators, a school board member, and one parent from GILA and one from SHS. One of the changes being proposed involves the way we handle the more minor discipline issues. Currently behavioral issues which occur during school hours combine with infractions which occur in the dorms. This leads to student consequences which can be excessive and which don’t, for many students, help them correct their mistakes. We are proposing that minor offenses occurring in school and in the dorms be separated and that they not build upon each other. We intend on increasing our use of restorative justice.

We are also proposing that, for major offenses, a review board be established which would, with involvement from the student, develop a plan to help that student be successful at GILA. The review board, in some instances, may have to make the determination that our dorm setting is not an appropriate placement for that student. Currently, students who fail to correct major misbehaviors frequently have to work through our Code of Conduct prior to being removed from our Residence Hall. This process can sometimes take weeks. This is not fair to the student, to the other students, and to the staff and teachers whose time is taken away from other students to help manage the major behavioral challenges of a few.

We have many other positive things going on at GILA. These involve increases to our course offerings and to the recreational programs we offer in our Residential Life Program.

As always, please do not hesitate to call me if you have ideas, questions, or concerns.

Enjoy the slow return of the sun. J

Thank you again for allowing your student to school at GILA. We are proud of them as we know you are as well!


John Riddle
Principal of Boarding School Operations
907-656-2053 ext 108
656-7193 (cell)

Letters from the Principal
 GILA Parent Letter February 6,2019
 GILA Parent Letter August 22, 2018
 GILA Parent Letter March 3, 2018
 GILA Parent Letter February 24, 2018
 GILA Parent Letter February 9, 2018
 GILA Parent Letter November 27, 2017
 GILA Parent Letter September 5, 2017
GILA Parent Letter April 10, 2017
 GILA Parent Letter January 18, 2017
 GILA Parent Letter September 15, 2016
 GILA Parent Letter August 8, 2016