Kivalina school reopened Monday

Posted: Tuesday, March 19, 2002

KIVALINA (AP) -- Kivalina's only school reopened Monday, more than two weeks after the school was closed because staff complained that they were being physically and verbally harassed.

Charles Mason, chief executive officer of the Northwest Arctic School District, ordered the McQueen School closed Feb. 27.

Mason told KTUU-TV that the school reopened after students signed a pact that they would follow the rules. A security officer was on hand for the reopening.

McQueen School serves children from kindergarten through high school in the village of 377. The school has 11 certified teaching positions and about 11 more classified employees. Five teachers accepted transfers after the school closed.

Since the school closure, the McQueen School advisory board has met with community members to revise the school discipline plan.

Mason said the board will continue to meet with community members until the review is complete.

At a community meeting following the closure, some community members said school rules were too harsh and enforced too rigidly.

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