The Tenakee Springs School closed after its enrollment fell under 10 students and the town’s families resorted to home-schooling. The district reopened the school building as an independent learning center to give students and the community some of the school’s resources.
North Slope government and history is now part of high school graduation requirements for all North Slope Borough schools. The borough school board passed a new policy this month making the curriculum change mandatory for students, effectively beginning with freshmen who start in 2017.
The University of Alaska has decided not to cut six sports teams. University President Jim Johnsen rescinded an earlier cost saving recommendation that men’s and women’s ski teams at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and ski and indoor track programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage be eliminated.