The Anchorage School District is starting the budget process for the 2014-15 school year — and its wants the public to weigh in. A meeting will be held today (Thursday, Nov. 7) at Gruening Middle School at 6 p.m. The district is looking to cut $20 million to $25 million from the budget for next year, ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley said. The meeting will give the public a forum to share its thoughts on where the cuts should come from.
The idea of libraries serving youth is a relatively recent concept, especially given that libraries have been around for nearly 4,000 years. Although some public libraries had children’s books in their collections in the 1800s, most of them didn’t allow youth in the reading rooms. It wasn’t until mandatory schooling and child labor laws passed at the end of the century that libraries started building collections for the young.
In his first full school year on the job, Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff has no plans to make sweeping changes to the district’s direction.
Want to get your youngster enrolled in Head Start? Now’s your chance. The Head Start program at Chugiak’s CCS Early Learning has 10 spots available for the coming school year, which starts Wednesday, Sept. 4.
According to rankings compiled by the State of Alaska, schools in Chugiak-Eagle River are among the highest-ranked in the Anchorage School District and statewide.
A few new bosses are in town. Ravenwood Elementary, Birchwood ABC Elementary and Chugiak High each have new principals for the 2013-14 school year.
Looking for something to do on Friday nights? The University of Alaska Anchorage Eagle River campus has you covered. And best of all — it’s free. The college is hosting a summer lecture series that is open to the public. The nine-part series covers a variety of topics from bear safety to tsunamis to yoga.
Want to learn how to write a riddle? Just ask Mike Thaler. Known as “America’s Riddle King,” Thaler recently shared his process with Eagle River Elementary students. The notable author of more than 200 children’s books spent April 17 at the school, putting on two assemblies, signing books and visiting classrooms.