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A photo taken in 2016 of the destroyed Kilbuck school campus.
Dean Swope / KYUK

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. 

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

Bethel parents may have another daycare option soon. This January, the Lower Kuskokwim School District is hoping to pilot a dual language preschool in Bethel. However, there are some major hurdles to be overcome before the district can move forward. 


City of Bethel

The City of Bethel received $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice to improve safety in Bethel schools. The bulk of the funding will be used to install a secure entrance at Bethel Regional High School. Staff will be able to use cameras to monitor who is entering, and “buzz” people in when they are deemed safe.

Calista Has A Plan To Help High School Students Plan For Life After Graduation

Oct 31, 2019
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK

Figuring out how to navigate life after graduating high school is tough. But thanks to a recent grant from the Alaska Department of Education, the Calista Corporation has a plan to help students in three Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta school districts. They call their project Tengluni or "Take Wing," which they hope will increase high school graduation rates and prepare students for life after high school by using Yup’ik values and curriculum.  


The Lower Kuskokwim School District was awarded a $34 million grant to build a new school building in Eek.
Courtesy of LKSD

The Lower Kuskokwim School District Board has begun its search for a new superintendent. At last week’s special board meeting, the board voted to contract the Association of Alaska School Boards to recruit candidates for the position.

Yup'ik Elders Revive Traditional Baby Parka

Oct 29, 2019
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Sewing atasuaq, traditional baby parkas, was almost a lost skill until a Yup’ik Elder helped revive it. And the result? An atasuaq, sewed with bird skin, from the coastal village of Toksook Bay. 


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