Stories about education.

Gabby Salgado / KYUK

Running water has been restored to Mikelnguut Elitnaurviat Elementary School in Bethel, according to Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker. LKSD employees concerned about unhealthy conditions at the school said that classes should have been canceled during the water outage.

The William Miller Memorial School in Napakiak, Alaska. September 27, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The Lower Kuskokwim School District has contracted with Bethel-based company Faulkner-Walsh Constructors to remove the oil from the Napakiak school fuel tanks threatened by the Kuskokwim River.

The City of Bethel approved the sale of old tanks to aid in LKSD's emergency fuel transfer in Napakiak.
Katie Basile / KYUK

There is a dire situation developing on the lower Kuskokwim River. The river is approaching the Napakiak school fuel tanks, and inside those tanks sit 34,000 gallons of diesel. Meanwhile, the season of fall storms lies ahead. Here’s the latest on the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s plans for preventing an environmental disaster.

People ride on a four wheeler in front of the Napakiak school fuel tanks, which sit 76 feet from the Kuskokwim River following accelerating erosion. Pictured here on August 8, 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

School starts on Wednesday in Napakiak, and the Kuskokwim River is flowing less than 50 feet from the school's fuel tanks.

Katie Basile / KYUK

This school year, some students in Newtok will leave behind most of their friends. In October, 21 families from Newtok will relocate to their new village, Mertarvik, and kids in those families will have to transfer schools. 

Inaugural Mary Pete and John Active Scholarships Given Out

Jul 22, 2019
Courtesy of Bethel Community Services Foundation

The inaugural John Active and Mary Pete scholarships have been awarded: Corey Joseph of Kwigillingok and Janice Wiseman of Tuntutuliak are the recipients. 

For One Alaska Medical Student, Dunleavy's Vetoes Already Hurting

Jul 12, 2019
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Stephanie Weter, a medical student on rotation at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation in Bethel, is already feeling the impact of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's vetoes on her life. 

LKSD is making its social workers available to students and parents following the arrest of Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Chris Carmichael.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration has said that the state will stop funding school districts if the state legislature does not pass a budget by July 1. Superintendent Dan Walker talked about how that impacts the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s plans. 

The Lower Kuskokwim School District is offering breakfast and lunch to all students.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

While there have been rumors that the Lower Kuskokwim School District has lost funding for capital projects to build or maintain its school buildings, the Alaska Department of Education (ADOE) says that’s not true.

Negotiations Sour On Vital Tribal Child Welfare Agreement

May 22, 2019
Jeremy Hsieh / KTOO

Negotiations broke down Friday, May 20 over a compact between Alaska Native tribes, tribal organizations, and the state Department of Health and Social Services. That agreement is called the Alaska Tribal Child Welfare Compact, and was signed in 2017 by former Gov. Bill Walker’s administration.