Interior school closed for lack of students

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A $1.7 million school built to serve the Interior community of Healy Lake has been closed after just one year of serving students.

Healy Lake, a community of 37, is about 30 miles east of Delta Junction.

The school was built three years ago with a federal grant, but remained empty until last year, when the Delta Greely School Board decided to open it.

The board was hoping the new facility would attract enough students to fulfill the state requirement that every school educate at least ten students. But by the end of the school year, just four students remained.

Maintenance workers will make a trip to the school soon to drain the plumbing and turn off the heat, according to Assistant Superintendent Laural Jackson.



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