• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 28s

‘Displaced’ Eagle River choir teacher considers her options

By Lauren Maxwell 8:26 PM March 26, 2014

Students sad to see Andrea Lang leave

ANCHORAGE – Some Anchorage teachers are getting word that they are being “displaced.” It’s part of the budget cuts the district has proposed to make up for a $23 million deficit. Teachers aren’t getting pink slips yet, but many know they will have to leave the jobs they have now.

One of them is Andrea Lang, a choir, music and drama teacher at Eagle River High School. Lang has taught there since the school opened in 2005 and has taught for a total of 16 years.

Lang’s position has been cut to part time. She said she could stay at Eagle River, but the change means she’d lose part of her pay and all of her benefits. The news was hard to hear, she said.

“The principals have to cut these people; they tell you it’s because of numbers or because of finances,” Lang said. “You are sitting across the desk from them and they are telling you that you are one of the five least valuable people in the building and that hurts.”

Administrators say the decision on which jobs to eliminate isn’t easy. At Eagle River, they’ll be down to the equivalent of six full-time positions.

Assistant Principal Victoria McConnell said they tried to target electives first, but the whole school will suffer.

“We are a small school, we don’t have many offerings as it is, so this hurts a lot of the programs across the board,” McConnell said.

Teachers like Lang can look for other positions within the district, provided there are openings. She says she’s interviewing for two full-time positions at local elementary schools, and while she hopes to get one of those jobs, it will be hard to leave the school she loves.

Latest Stories

  • News

    2 survive plane crash between villages in Southwest Alaska

    by Associated Press on Jan 17, 7:57

    Two people in a small airplane survived a crash between southwest Alaska villages. Alaska State Troopers say a Coast Guard helicopter spotted the downed aircraft early Monday night. Investigators say the airplane left Dillingham on a flight to Port Heiden but landed in Pilot Point because of bad weather. The airplane took off again from […]

  • News

    Anchorage drivers weigh in on proposed red light camera ballot initiative

    by Daniella Rivera on Jan 17, 7:46

    What can be done about red light runners in Anchorage? Vice Chairman of the Anchorage Assembly Dick Traini says it’s a question he frequently hears from constituents. That’s why he and Anchorage Assembly Chair Elvi Gray-Jackson have submitted an ordinance that would let voters decide whether to allow the municipality to use cameras to ticket […]

  • Politics

    Interior nominee Zinke to be questioned on public lands, coal

    by Associated Press on Jan 17, 6:54

    Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke says he would never sell, give away or transfer public lands, an important stance in the West where access to hunting and fishing is considered sacrosanct. But Zinke’s commitment to public lands has come into question recently and is likely to be a point of contention Tuesday as a Senate committee […]

  • News

    Alaska’s population climbing despite net migration loss

    by Associated Press on Jan 17, 6:41

    Alaska’s population is climbing despite the fact that more people are moving away from the state than moving in. KTOO-FM reports that according to a Department of Labor report released Thursday, Alaska’s population has grown slightly due to births, though net migration remains down. Net migration – the number of people moving two Alaska minus […]

  • Esteban Santiago ordered held without bond

    by Associated Press on Jan 17, 6:37

    Last updated at 7:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17 The man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at a Florida airport has been ordered held without bond. During a Tuesday morning hearing in Fort Lauderdale, an FBI agent confirmed that the 9 mm gun used in the Jan. 6 shooting rampage […]

  • Sports

    Ryne Olson wins Copper Basin 300

    by Dave Goldman on Jan 16, 21:09

    If you follow trends, this was a no-brainer. In the past two years, Ryne Olson has taken third and second place at the Copper Basin 300 sled dog race. Like a blue chip, which grows slowly and consistently over time, this one found its highest point yet. Now you can call her a Copper Basin 300 champion. […]

  • Politics

    ‘It’s time to pull together’: Alaskans plan to attend Women’s March on Washington

    by Eric Ruble on Jan 16, 19:36

    The final preparations are underway for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. on Friday. However, a few hundred thousand people are expected to participate in a separate event happening the next day in the nation’s capital. The purpose of the Women’s March on Washington – according to its organizers – is to send a […]

  • News

    Red Cross volunteers install free smoke detectors for MLK Day

    by Shannon Ballard on Jan 16, 19:09

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day not only honors the life and legacy of the legendary civil rights leader, it also offers opportunities to translate his words into action. On Monday, that sense of volunteerism and community was felt in the South Park Estates trailer park off Arctic Boulevard. A group of about a dozen people with […]