Assembly members hosting town hall to discuss the future of Chugiak and Eagle River schools
Anchorage Assembly members Crystal Kennedy and Fred Dyson will hold a town hall meeting 6:30 p.m. Monday at Mirror Lake Middle School. The assembly members will hear concerns and discuss the future of the Eagle River and Chugiak area schools.
On Nov. 20, the Anchorage School Board passed an $82 million school bond proposal that would repair all Anchorage Schools damaged by the Nov. 30 earthquake. That price tag includes nearly $40 million to fully repair and upgrade Gruening Middle School.
Community members will have a chance to share their thoughts and views at the town hall.
"I would like to make sure I understand the process or the community understands the process, what is going to happen from here forward and that their voice at this town hall is not in vain, and it's not too late and it's not whatever,” school board member Elisa Vakalis said.
Superintendent Deena Bishop, Ph.D., said there could be an opportunity to change the bond before the assembly votes on it in the form of an amendment.
"If the recommendation came back from the town hall meeting that we want to put a halt on this before the assembly moved forward, it would be brought back to the board to have some type of a resolution," Bishop said. "But in the meantime, the preparations for bond council and the paperwork, which is a long process, that's why we are doing this is in December before April, can begin."
ASD administrators say there is a need to repair Gruening and that future growth shows the Eagle River and Chugiak area expanding. It's property the school district doesn't want to get rid of.
If the bond passes with the assembly stamp of approval, the bond would be on the April 2020 ballot and up to the voters to decide what to do with it.
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