Kivalina Votes To Building School At New Location

Voters in Kivalina have overwhelmingly said yes to building a school at a new location.

Kivalina City Clerk Marilyn Swan says the unofficial count in Tuesday’s election was 107-11 in favor of the proposed school site about seven miles northeast of the Inupiat Eskimo community.

Kivalina administrator Janet Mitchell is hoping the support adds new life to relocate the crumbling community.

She says a feasibility study must now be done to see if the location would work.

Funding for the school would stem from a recent agreement by the state to settle a lawsuit that alleged inequities in funding for rural public schools.

Kivalina has more than 400 people and is located 625 miles northwest of Anchorage.

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