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Unalaska's school board has a new look — and a new time slot.

Bob Cummings and Josh Good were sworn in last week as members of the Unalaska City School District's board of education.

Cummings replaced Frank Kelty, who retired from seat C after two terms, including the last as president. Good replaced seat D's Denise Rankin, having unseated her by 16 votes in the Oct. 4 election. Cummings and Good were both elected to three-year terms.

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A St. Paul student died at the island's school last week.

The 5th grader collapsed in a classroom during the school day, according to Superintendent Brett Agenbroad of the Pribilof Island School District.

"School employees provided first aid and promptly called emergency responders who provided assistance and emergency transport to a health care facility," said Agenbroad. 

The child did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead. While the cause of death is still unknown, the state medical examiner is performing an autopsy.  


The threat of declining state and local funding dominated last week's Candidates Forum focused on the school board.

In the race for seat D, first-time candidate Josh Good and incumbent Denise Rankin agreed on many issues facing the Unalaska City School District, while touting their different credentials to voters.

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The Yakov E. Netsvetov School in Atka has struggled with low enrollment in recent years. 

But this month, 10 students showed up for the first day of classes, helping the school avoid a shutdown — and hinting at greater stability for the small Unangax̂ community in the western Aleutian Islands.

"First day of school!" announced teacher Sonja Mills as the school bell rang. "We did it!"

On one side of the building, the high schoolers set up their laptops for a science lesson. On the other, the sole kindergartner used a puzzle to practice his ABCs.

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Unalaska's teachers have negotiated a new contract for the next three years.

Superintendent John Conwell said the teachers union and school district negotiated the contract in only a day and a half.

"Teams representing the Unalaska Education Association and the Unalaska City School District met on Aug. 28 and 29 to negotiate the terms and conditions of the teachers collective bargaining agreement," said Conwell at the Sept. 12 school board meeting. "The UEA met and ratified the new negotiated agreement on Sept. 5, 2019."