Girdwood K-8 Crosses Fingers for Approval of Proposed School Bond

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by Victoria Taylor

GIRDWOOD- "They don't really have the space to learn," said Principal Kathryn Racken of the current issue facing the Girdwood K-8 elementary and junior high school.

The school houses 183 students, and has been making the most of every room available, but they have finally outgrown the current building.

A 54.8 billion dollar bond is on the voter ballot for the April Municiple election.The bond would be split between five schools in the Anchorage School District, with 23 million of those dollars going to the Girdwood school for reconstruction and expansion.

"Currently they're in classrooms that are 350 sq. feet smaller than the classrooms in the city schools," said Principal Racken of the biggest dilemma facing the school.

Parents like Ethan Tyler said not only does the school need the bond but he feels now is a great time for the district to approve the bond, "The ASD has retired about 240 million in school bonds over the past few years and I think now is a good time for us to make that investment in our community."

Historically, a little over half of all proposed bonds have passed, according to Girdwood PTA members. 

 

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