Majority of parents, students in favor of combining Gruening and Chugiak, survey says
The Anchorage School District on Wednesday released results of its recent survey of parents and students for short-term solutions regarding displaced students in two Eagle River schools.
Eagle River Elementary and Gruening Middle School are both closed due to damage the buildings sustained during the Nov. 30 earthquake. Students from those schools have been moved to other nearby schools.
More than 2,550 people responded to the survey, according to ASD's document.
The majority of students and parents are in favor of Gruening Middle School students staying and attending Chugiak High School. More than 64 percent of Gruening parents and more than 57 percent of students said they were in favor, while 36 percent of Chugiak High School parents approve of the current situation.
The recommendation from the survey results are to continue to house Gruening Middle School students at Chugiak High School.
In addition to Gruening, 46 percent of the respondents are in favor of the temporary realignment, allowing all elementary children in the same house to attend the same school to make it easier on parents.
About 15 percent of respondents prefer the current situation where Eagle River kindergarten through third-grade students attend Homestead Elementary and students in grades 4 through 6 attend Birchwood ABC. A quarter of respondents did not have a preference.
The recommendation from the survey results are to temporarily realign Eagle River Elementary students to attend area boundaries with other local schools.
The goal of the survey was to find the least disruptive solutions for students and families until a long-term solution is found.
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