the first day of school approaches later this month, the Kodiak Island Borough
School District is busy hiring teachers to fill needs in different schools. But
in some cases, especially at some of the village schools, teaching positions
are being eliminated due to dropping enrollment. KMXT’s Casey Kelly reports.
it stands right now, Port Lions School will lose one teaching position for the
upcoming school year. That gives the school a total of four full-time teachers
and a principal, who might teach a class or two but is also responsible for
overseeing Karluk School. The loss of a teacher will mainly affect the middle
and high school grade levels. Lisa Robustellini, secretary of the Port Lions
Advisory School Board, says the board is concerned about the quality of
instruction that might result.
1 :18s “…and
work that in together.”)
She doesn’t like
the idea of high schoolers taking more of their courses online and through
(Robustellini 2 :18s “…that much doing it that way.”)
the ASB doesn’t expect the school’s enrollment to drop that much from last
year. Port Lions graduated four seniors in June, and she says they’re expecting
three incoming kindergarteners. But Kodiak schools Superintendent Stewart
McDonald says the district’s unofficial head count at this time is 26
students--ten less than last year. However, McDonald says that could change.
(McDonald 1 :12s “…up until school starts.”)
official enrollment tally won’t be done until October, and McDonald says if it
does change, school officials will take that into account.
(McDonald 2 :04s “…there will be a teacher.”)
she understands the district’s position, but says it’s frustrating.
(Robustellini 3 :15s “…the best education they can.”)
McDonald will be
meeting with the Port Lions ASB and Principal Kendra Bartz in the coming weeks
to address some of their concerns about staffing.
I’m Casey Kelly.