Only five students were enrolled, including two signed up through a foreign-exchange program. When enrollment falls below ten, state funding is reduced and eventually eliminated.
Chatham District Superintendent Scott Butterfield says he expects the exchange students will be sent to another school, while the remaining three students can enroll in a correspondence program or be homeschooled. He says two of the children are from one Tenakee family.
The district expects to reconsider opening the school next year.
Meanwhile, the Tenakee Advisory School Board is still looking for families to move to the tiny community.