School Stories

Taylor Tuttle of Eagle River named to the Champlain College Dean’s List 
BURLINGTON, Vt. — Taylor Tuttle of Eagle River has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester.
Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Tuttle is majoring in criminal justice, psychology.
Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college in Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. 


In an effort further acknowledging the state’s current fiscal crisis, the Anchorage School Board approved a bonded debt cap of 2.5 percent of the total assessed property value within the Municipality of Anchorage for future district construction at its Monday, March 21 regular meeting.

“We want to make sure we are making sound financial decisions regarding the bond proposals for the future,” Kameron Perez-Verdia, board president, said. “We also want to make sure that future bonds pass, so we are looking intentionally at appropriate guidance.”

A former three-term Anchorage School Board member announced her candidacy for the state house seat in District 14 currently held by Rep. Lora Reinbold at the March 2 Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce meeting.

The local grapevine was already plump with speculation that Crystal Kennedy of Eagle River would challenge Reinbold for the house seat.

The Anchorage School Board unanimously decided that educational outcomes and not just cost savings are to be considered as administration conducts a district-wide study of building capacity.

The move could look like a bit of back pedal as board members and administration officials respond to community backlash regarding last fall’s discussion that three of the district’s aging schools – Central Middle School, Inlet View Elementary and Gruening Middle School – might represent too much expense to rehab considering the fact that nearby schools are nowhere near full capacity.

The Anchorage School Board gave approval a week ago at a special Thursday night meeting to its preliminary 2016-17 budget with one caveat: If the state Legislature does not include the $50 per student increase the district is banking on, then more cuts may have to occur.

Members had agreed two days earlier to postpone final voting on the preliminary budget to allow for more review of the proposal to close the district’s projected $11 million gap.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks announces the students named to the deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the fall 2015 semester. The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements.

Students receiving a 3.9 grade point average or higher are placed on the chancellor’s list, while those receiving a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.89 are named to the dean’s list.


The following students from Eagle River made the Chancellor’s list:

Jalen M. Cox

Alyssa L. Dordan

Local youth were honored by the Eagle River Boys & Girls Club Alaska on Feb. 16 at Pizza Man Restaurant for being Youth of the Year in various categories.

Heaven Kerschner, 14, received the Senior Youth of the Year award. According to Tracey Hupe, the branch manager for the ERB&G club, Kerschner attends school every day and feels guilty if she misses a commitment at the club.

“Heaven is a future leader who does not command excellence but tries to build it each day,” Hupe wrote in an email announcing the B&G club winners.

Students at King Career Center experienced a localized version of the television show, “Shark Tank,” as Anchorage business leaders evaluated the student-run, KCC-based ventures hawking everything from t-shirts and hoodies, to snacks to smoothies, to bath products and waffle kits. Students present their ideas and judges determine which ones are worthy receive their “economic” support.

Final voting on next year’s school budget was delayed by a unanimous vote of the Anchorage School Board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Board members indicated they wanted more time to study additional options for bridging the projected $11 million fiscal gap. The board meets again tonight at 5 p.m. with its agenda focused on the budget.

However, more details of the 2017-17 budget were approved Tuesday night through a flurry of amendments.

Friendship and fun were the jamming hits on last Friday’s play list at the Gruening Middle School Valentine’s Day dance.

Forget slow dancing songs or any of that other mushy stuff: awkward kissing, hand-holding or other “couple like” indicators.

The students at Friday’s after-school event seemed more interested in munching down on nachos and popcorn and slurping smoothies in the commons foyer before hitting the multi-purpose room’s dance floor.

Indeed, Bobby Jefts, GMS principal, said he notices the students spend more time chowing first.