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Unalaska has welcomed a handful of new community leaders in the last few months.

That includes Joanna “JJ” Hinderberger, the new principal at Eagle’s View Elementary Achigaalux.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with Hinderberger to ask how she’s settling in to her first full-time job as a principal.

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Courtesy of Cherry Tan

On Tuesday, Unalaska voters will decide two seats on the board of education for the Unalaska City School District.  

KUCB’s Laura Kraegel spoke with school board member Cherry Tan, who’s running for reelection unopposed at Seat B.

If she wins, Tan will earn a three year-term.

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While students head back to class across Alaska, the school on St. George Island has stayed closed.

District officials said it’s the latest casualty in a statewide trend where small, rural communities struggle to hold on to their kids.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska’s John Conwell has been named 2018 Alaska Superintendent of the Year.

On Thursday, the longtime leader of the Unalaska City School District received the news at the board of education’s first meeting of the new school year.

“I can’t tell you how honored I am," said Conwell. "You always sit back and think these sorts of accolades aren’t that important, but when you do get one, it’s sort of nice.”

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Before school let out for the summer, Unalaska students had one final task: releasing hundreds of salmon fry into Iliuliuk Creek. A small army of elementary students crested the riverbank, clutching styrofoam cups.

“No running! We don’t want the fish to fall out of the cups,” one teacher warned, as kids made their way down to the water.

   

The students leaned in close, tipped their cups, and poured tiny streams of coho into the creek.

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