ASD sets meetings, survey on post-quake plans as costs top $22M
The Anchorage School District is holding public meetings, and conducting an online survey, on short-term solutions for students displaced from their schools by the region's Nov. 30 earthquake as repair bill continues to rise.
The district's survey regarding Eagle River Elementary School and Gruening Middle School, unveiled Friday night, will be available until midnight on on Feb. 15.
Elisa Snelling, chair of the Anchorage School Board's ad hoc committee for Chugiak and Eagle River, will join ASD officials to share information. They'll also be hearing input about next school year for students of Chugiak High School, Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary School after the 7.0 quake.
The meetings will focus solely on solutions for the 2019-2020 school year. The district announced the dates and times of the Anchorage events in a release Wednesday:
· Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. – Chugiak High School, 16525 S. Birchwood Loop Road
· Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. – Chugiak High School (Summary of input)
Elementary (Eagle River Elementary)
· Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. – Eagle River High School, 8701 Yosemite Drive
· Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. – Eagle River High School (Summary of input)
A survey will also be sent to all Chugiak and Eagle River-area families, regardless of whether they can attend a meeting.
On Thursday, ASD Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop was in Juneau providing an estimate of the district's rising repair costs to the state Senate Education Committee. The district is still coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine how much might be covered by President Trump's recently approved disaster relief.
"Our damage right now is a little over $22 million," Bishop told lawmakers. "$5 million of that we have received invoices (for)."
Bishop provided an overview of affected ASD facilities, including Eagle River Elementary and Gruening Middle, both of which will be closed for at least another year.
"Fifteen of the 92 schools owned by ASD suffered significant damage from the earthquake," she said.
The district plans to give the community an opportunity to weigh in on long-term solutions in March.
Scott Gross contributed information to this story.
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