Since 1999, more than 40 schools in Alaska have closed because of low enrollment numbers. The Southeast town of Port Alexander has struggled with low enrollment numbers for years, but they’re turning to a creative solution to keep their school alive.
The eight schools in the Southeast Island School District started classes on Monday (8-31-20)--including Port Alexander’s school. Students have the option to take classes online through the district’s statewide correspondence program or to attend full-time, in-person classes. KCAW’s Erin McKinstry spoke with Superintendent Sherry Becker about the district’s Smart Start plan for the upcoming school year.