Board to decide fate of Tenakee Springs school

Aug 02, 2013 -- 9:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Chatham School Board is scheduled to meet next week to decide the fate of the school in the southeast Alaska community of Tenakee Springs. The Juneau Empire reports the school has five students, including two foreign exchange students. At least 10 students are needed for full state funding. The community got extra time to recruit more students but wasn't successful by the July 31 deadline. State funding drops when enrollment falls below 10 students. It's cut by 25 percent for the first year of low enrollment, 50 percent the second year and 75 percent the third. No funding is available for such small schools after that. The Chatham School District would have the fund the difference to keep the Tenakee school open. Superintendent Scott Butterfield considers that unlikely.

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