Board Votes To Temporarily Close Tenakee Springs School

A school board in Southeast Alaska has voted to close the school in Tenakee Springs for the upcoming school year.

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Five students were expected to be enrolled this year, including two signed up through a foreign-exchange program. State funding is reduced and eventually eliminated when enrollment falls below 10.

The Juneau Empire reports the Chatham School District plans to reconsider opening the school next year.

Superintendent Scott Butterfield told The Associated Press he expects the exchange students to be sent to another school, while the remaining three students can enroll in a correspondence program or be homeschooled.

He says two of the children are from one family.

Even with the temporary closure, the Tenakee Advisory School Board is still looking for families to move to tiny Tenakee Springs.