FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Students at Delta Junction schools will be released for the year Friday because of budget cuts.
The school year was scheduled to end May 25 but the Delta Greely School Board voted May 4 to close the school early.
Superintendent Dan Beck recommended the change to allow staff extra time to plan for the transitions necessary to close Fort Greely School. With enrollment and funding dropping, and the Fort Greely Army post slated to close, the district can't afford to maintain the school, which is about five miles from its other campus.
In the fall, all Delta/Greely students will be taught at the main campus, with modulars being pressed into service to help accommodate the estimated 250 students in grades four through eight that would have been at Fort Greely School.
There are some logistical problems to be worked out, such as how to feed all of the students in one cafeteria and how to schedule gym times for sports practices. But Sandra M. Hill, principal at Fort Greely School, said the school can accommodate the extra students.
Parents at a recent forum expressed a variety of concerns, including whether teachers designated in certain subject areas are qualified. The district pink-slipped about 20 teachers early this year.
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