Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage
Declining enrollment in the district means there are too many buildings with not enough kids.
The Anchorage School District may close schools, cut immersion programs or restructure some middle-school programs to close a $68 million budget deficit.
William Ben Hensley III, 34, was pronounced dead Sunday at Goose Creek Correctional Center. He had been in Corrections custody for one month.
District leaders had previously hoped to end its rotating bus schedule by the start of October. But not enough drivers are coming back from tourism jobs in time.
It marks a shift from focusing on COVID case counts to tracking broader respiratory illness trends across the state.
Erosion from last week's storm has left Hooper Bay without protective sand dunes. Also, Sen. Lisa Murkowski asks the federal government for additional disaster funds. And Ketchikan High School's drama club earns the right to perform Disney's "Frozen."
State and federal officials visit Nome to plan storm recovery efforts. Also, Hooper Bay reckons with the storm's emotional toll and the village's future. And Delta Junction's upcoming city council election is the most competitive one in decades.
‘This did not happen overnight’: Anchorage schools superintendent says a variety of factors created $68M budget shortfall
The school board’s finance committee has spent the last several weeks mulling over possible budget cuts, which could include school closures and cuts to language immersion programs.
The tentative agreement, which union members will vote to approve or reject in the coming weeks, increases pay, scheduling flexibility and parental leave.
“These kids are a part of your community whether you like it or not, so please stop trying to make life harder for them,” said Myles McDonald, a former student in the Mat-Su Borough School District.