Stories about education.

Matthew Enoch / LKSD

Nunapitchuk’s Matthew Enoch is the first recipient of the annual Victor Kanrilak Memorial School Community Advocate Award. The award was created to recognize the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s School Community Advocates, who play an important role in fostering a positive environment in the district’s schools.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District has received state funds to demolish the Napakiak school building, which sits on the edge of the community’s eroding riverbank. Gov. Mike Dunleavy signed the state budget bill into law on Sept. 15, which includes $3.1 million for the project.

Chris Carmichael worked as principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School until his arrest in December 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District just wrapped up a year-long effort to better protect its students from sexual abuse. 

Amparo Faraon (left), Imari Gracetan (center), and Socrates Embesan (right) are new LKSD teachers from the Philippines. Photo taken at LKSD's district office in Bethel on Sept. 7, 2021.
Greg Kim / KYUK

A national teacher shortage, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, left the Lower Kuskokwim School District scrambling. With only a few months before the start of this school year, the district had dozens of teaching positions to fill. The district looked out of the country for solutions. 


Shaun Peter completes a timed tower-building activity at the end of his first day back at school after a year of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. School staff members eased students back into school with an assembly over video conference.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Most schools will likely remain open, according to Lower Kuskokwim School Superintendent Kimberly Hankins. Out of 29 sites in the district, only four are currently in remote learning. Hankins said that for the most part, the school district’s mitigation strategies, especially masking, are working.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Napakiak’s school building may not fall in the Kuskokwim River after all. The Alaska House of Representatives passed a budget bill on Aug. 31 that includes $3.1 million for the school's demolition. 

LKSD Enacts Vaccine Rules

Aug 31, 2021
Katherine Rose / KCAW

The Lower Kuskokwim School District has enacted a number of COVID-19 vaccine policies, including mandating vaccines for a small group. 

Kaylee King / KYUK

ONC hosted a camp in July called the ONC Science and Culture Camp. The annual camp is held in Bethel with students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District. KYUK Intern Kaylee King attended and brings us this reflection on her experience. 


UAF Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel, Alaska.

Classes at the UAF Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel begin on Aug. 23. Classes will be held online and in-person with a host of COVID-19 safety measures. Here's a look at the coming semester.

Gladys Jung Elementary School in Bethel, Alaska.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District has agreed to pay $3.8 million to settle a lawsuit. Attorneys for two girls had sued the district for failing to protect them from sexual abuse at the hands of Christopher Carmichael, 57, a former Bethel elementary school principal.