Trapper Creek school faces cuts

Posted: Friday, February 07, 2003

PALMER (AP) -- School administrators in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District say they are willing to keep Trapper Creek Elementary open, but only with staffing cuts.

Closing the school and busing its 26 students to Talkeetna Elementary 30 miles away was one of numerous proposals Matanuska Susitna Borough School District administrators floated last month to help balance the district's budget for next year.

Under the district's proposed budget unveiled at a board meeting Wednesday night, Trapper Creek's four full-time teachers would be reduced to one full-time teacher and a half-time teaching principal. The school would also maintain a half-time custodian and a quarter-time secretary. Specially funded positions, such as special education, would also fill in some support services.

Several Trapper Creek parents told board members the proposal still compromises their childrens' education. One parent, Janet Flanders, suggests adding students and state dollars by adding a preschool and seventh-grade class.

''We're going to do everything we can,'' Flanders said by phone.

The board will approve next year's budget this spring.

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