Platinum School to close due to low student enrollment

Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2001

BETHEL (AP) -- Citing low student enrollment, the Lower Kuskokwim School District School Board has voted to close the school in Platinum next year.

A law passed in 1998 requires the state to cut funding to schools with fewer than 10 students. Board President Bob Herron said Platinum's enrollment has tended to fluctuate above and below that critical number, KYUK radio in Bethel reported.

The village of 32 residents received a one-time waiver from the state to keep operating last year. Now, enrollment is down to six students, and Herron said shutting down the school was the board's only option when it voted on the matter last week.

Gary Baker, Platinum site administrator, said the district plans to hire a home-school teacher in his place. One student, a senior next year, plans to transfer to nearby Goodnews Bay.

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