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This year, the Unalaska City School District has offered teacher and principal contracts weeks earlier than usual.

Superintendent John Conwell made the announcement at last week's school board meeting.

He said the district moved its offer date from Feb. 1 to Jan. 15, because Alaska's teacher job fair is scheduled earlier this year. He also cited a shortage of candidates around the state.

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The Unalaska Raiders are headed to the state volleyball tournament this week after playing an undefeated season and capturing the 2A regional title.

To hear how the girls' team is preparing for the competition, KUCB's student contributor Gilmar Tapaoan spoke with members Alleri Tungul and Kayla Villamor.

Press the play button below to listen to their interview.

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The fallout from last month's fatal plane crash is hurting the Unalaska City School District's budget.

In the wake of the accident, RavnAir Group suspended regular flights to and from Anchorage for about four weeks.

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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.