Stories about education.

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.

Students from Mertarvik compete in the annual First Lego League Southwest Qualifier at Gladys Jung Elementary School wearing the construction vests they wear every day.
Greg Kim / KYUK

Gladys Jung Elementary School hosted the annual First Lego League Southwest Qualifier on Dec. 12. Schools from the Lower Kuskokwim School District competed in Lego programming and problem solving, with three teams advancing to state. It was one school's first appearance because this is the first year that the school has existed. 

The state is looking to partner with tribes to educate children. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration plans to introduce legislation during the next session that will create the possibility of an educational compact between the Alaska Board of Education, tribes, and local school districts. Last Friday, the state hosted a teleconference to begin the discussion on what that will look like. 

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

Almost all newcomers to Bethel have to find their own housing, a challenge for someone who’s never been here. This year, the Lower Kuskokwim School District offered transitional housing for some first-year teachers in Bethel, a move that some school board members didn’t think was fairly implemented. The district administration explained that the alternative would have been fewer teachers.