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A rural Alaska educator has received a big honor from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Kuskokwim Campus UAF associate professor Diane McEachern is the first rural recipient of the Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award, which she won for her cross-cultural teaching style. 

Lower Kuskokwim School District

After a search that began last September, the Lower Kuskokwim School District has a new superintendent: Kimberly Hankins. School Board President Clarence Daniel said that 16 advisory school boards participated in interviewing candidates. He said that the final decision came down to Hankins’ familiarity with the district. 

LKSD Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Hankins has been appointed to be LKSD's new superintendent beginning July 1, 2020.
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The Lower Kuskokwim School District will have a new superintendent next school year: Kimberly Hankins. The LKSD School Board made the unanimous decision on Feb. 20 after interviews with the two final candidates. Hankins will have a three-year contract with a starting salary of $155,000. Hankins is currently the assistant superintendent of LKSD, a post she took last July. She has worked in the district for 17 years as a classroom teacher, principal, and administrator.

The Lower Kuskokwim School District was awarded a $34 million grant to build a new school building in Eek.
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The state has awarded the Lower Kuskokwim School District $34,450,733 to add another school building in Eek, with the district chipping in $703,076. However, Eek is only one of several schools in the district needing new facilities. LKSD Superintendent Dan Walker explains why Eek got a new school and other villages, like Napakiak, didn’t.

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Hooper Bay students returned to school last week for the first time since December. A pipe burst in the school during winter break, flooding the building, wreaking havoc, and delaying the spring semester. 

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Hooper Bay students have not been in class since school let out for winter break. A frozen pipe burst in the Hooper Bay school about a month ago, flooding the building and canceling classes. Originally scheduled to reopen earlier this week, repairs are taking a little longer than planned. Classes are now set to start this coming Monday, Feb. 3. 

LKSD Superintendent's Search Down To Two Candidates

Jan 25, 2020

There are two finalists for the superintendent’s job at the Lower Kuskokwim School District, and both know the district. One is working in the district’s office now, and the other is working as a principal in another Alaska school district.

The Lower Kuskokwim School Board met in executive session on Thursday, Jan. 23 to narrow its search down to the final candidates for LKSD's new superintendent. Before meeting behind closed doors, the board developed a plan for three days of visits, interviews, and tours of some of the district’s schools with the finalists for the superintendent’s job. The board also decided to invite its two student representatives to participate in the board’s interviews with the finalists.

A photo taken in 2016 of the destroyed Kilbuck school campus.
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In the middle of the night on Nov. 3, 2015, a fire started on the Kilbuck school campus that eventually engulfed the building in flames and destroyed it. Four years later, a replacement school is still nowhere near completion. The Lower Kuskokwim School District and its insurance companies disagree over how much money the school district should receive to build a new school, a decision that will now be up to a jury. LKSD is suing its insurance companies, with the trial scheduled for March 2021.

Former LKSD Director of Personnel and Student Services Josh Gill will serve as principal permanently for Gladys Jung Elementary School.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

Lower Kuskokwim School District's former Director of Personnel and Student Services Josh Gill will continue to serve as principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School going forward, according to an announcement from the elementary school's Facebook page. Previously, he served as interim principal after the arrest of former principal Chris Charmichael in December.