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Laura Kraegel/KUCB

When school lets out Thursday, Unalaska students will say goodbye to a handful of longtime teachers and administrators.

That includes Eric Andersen, principal of Eagle’s View Elementary Achigaalux.

He arrived in Unalaska almost 18 years ago for his first teaching job.


Laura Kraegel/KUCB

The fate of public education funding is still undecided as the Legislature works overtime on the state budget.

On Thursday, that left Unalaska’s school board trying to settle their finances as much as possible before the start of summer break.

Expenses rose this year at the Unalaska City School District, as a result of maintenance projects and increased retirement costs. Still, Superintendent John Conwell said the fund balance has remained steady at $1.2 million.

The Great Garbage Patch Disaster

May 26, 2017

What comes to mind when you hear the words The Great Pacific Garbage Patch?  Maybe a big dump yard in the middle of nowhere, or littering on the roadsides. When I first heard of this in 2008, I didn't think much of it because I had lived in Colorado where we don't have beaches. The closest thing to a beach that we had was the wave pool at Water World. The Great Pacific garbage patch is a enormous island of complete trash, mostly made up of plastic floating around the oceans of the world leaving behind little fragments of the garbage that got blown off.

Annie Ropeik/KUCB

When school lets out next month, Unalaska students will say goodbye to a handful of longtime teachers and administrators.

Superintendent John Conwell announced Thursday that Eric and Mandy Andersen are the latest staff members to resign from the Unalaska City School District.

He thanked the Andersens for their work at Eagle’s View Elementary Achigaalux, where Eric serves as the principal and Mandy serves as a first grade teacher.

Greta Mart / KUCB

While state education funding remains in legislative limbo, the Unalaska City School District has approved a $7.1 million budget that officials hope will cover next year’s deficit.

The board of education passed the FY18 financial plan unanimously on Thursday.

It allows the district to dip into its savings for $269,000, anticipating the state and the City of Unalaska will split the rest of the bill.