Eagle River Elementary closed for year after Friday quake
An Eagle River school will be closed for the rest of the school year due to damage from last week’s 7.0 earthquake, Anchorage School District officials said Tuesday.
Eagle River Elementary School’s students will be transferred to Birchwood Elementary School for the remainder of the school year, according to ASD Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop.
The news comes amid extensive damage to schools across the region, both in the Anchorage and the Mat-Su.
Tom Roth, the district's chief operations officer, said the decision was the result of an inspection of Eagle River Elementary.
"We do not see it as safe so we're going to take the program offline and move it as the superintendent described," Roth said.
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, who has been touring earthquake damage with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, thanked ASD officials for their leadership as seen in video from a district classroom on the day of the earthquake.
"It's remarkable, and they were trained because of the people right here," Sullivan said.
Bishop said structural inspections have shown that some of the district's schools are sound despite cosmetic damage from the quake, according to Bishop. Inspections were still pending Tuesday on one other ASD facility, Gruening Middle School.
"We will have a determination on that later this evening or tomorrow," Bishop said.
If Gruening is taken offline, Bishop said its students would be sent to Mirror Lake Elementary School or Chugiak High School.
Scott Gross contributed information to this story.
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