EAGLE'S VIEW ELEMENTARY ACHIGAALUX

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A group of locals stand around a small fire pit outside, but it's not your average weekend island bonfire. Instead of roasting marshmallows or drinking beers around the fire, most of them are dressed in full firefighter gear, waiting for their turn to attack the flames.

 

One after another, they step up with extinguishers. Unalaska Fire Department Captain Ben Knowles offers feedback and instruction.

Courtesy of Lauren Adams

Mystery and theft are afoot in the cold, foggy community of Unalaska. Experts are suggesting that a local criminal, known as the Ballyhoo Bandit, is at large, and he's suspected of kidnapping the Easter Bunny.

 

Luckily, local officials have enlisted the help of the Eagle's View Elementary Achigaalux̂ Detective Agency. Still, the Easter Bunny's disappearance is causing a lot of disquiet among the generally idle island residents.

  

Berett Wilber

 

The Unalaska City School District will have to fill a total of 10 vacancies for the upcoming school year. 

Eight teachers, the Unalaska High School registrar, and Eagle's View Elementary Achigaalux̂ Principal Chad Eichenlaub have all submitted letters of resignation, according to Superintendent John Conwell.

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It's been nearly a year since Gov. Dunleavy closed public schools to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic last spring. 

Since then, the Unalaska City School District has been bouncing back and forth between three different types of learning: home-based, in-person, and a combination of the two. And that 11-month juggling act has taken a toll on many of the island's teachers, parents, and students.

 

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Under the district's latest revision of its Smart Start 2020 plan, Unalaska students will once again return to their classrooms beginning Monday, Feb. 1. 

The Unalaska School Board approved the district's revisions five to one at its special meeting on Monday. After suggesting opening schools later in the semester, Fernando Barrerra was the only board member to vote against moving forward with the district's revisions.

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