Middle school students Payton Commack and Lauryn Jones traveled to the University of Alaska Anchorage campus to meet with 100 students from 16 other Alaskan schools.
The Board of Education for the Bering Strait School District made the decisions Tuesday at a regular meeting in Teller.
The Bering Strait School District has joined a nationwide effort to encourage healthy relationships and end dating violence among Native youth.
Each club will help high school students explore potential career paths in teaching. The goal is to encourage homegrown teachers and reduce turnover.
BSSD received grants that will aid in student growth and teacher retention, two topics that were the main focus of their recent meetings in Elim and Koyuk.
After suggesting higher minimum enrollment, Rep. Lynn Gattis says she “doesn’t know” if she’ll introduce a bill — or if it would even pass.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski addressed more than port development last week. One of the biggest topics was Unalakleet’s water crisis.
Superintendent Shawn Arnold announced the district may adopt an innovative calendar at the junior and senior high, starting next school year.
The grant — worth nearly $500,000 — will go towards replacing outdated equipment at all 15 BSSD schools and the district office in Unalakleet.
To receive state funding, Alaska schools must have a minimum of 10 students. But some lawmakers are looking at raising the number to 20 or 25.