The future of the Klukwan school has been uncertain since last fall, when enrollment dropped below the threshold for state funding.
Houck lived in Angoon and was the head administrator for a school district that includes Angoon, Gustavus, Tenakee Springs and Klukwan.
Parents and community members of the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan said past district decisions have led to the instability, causing low enrollment.
The state only provides assistance to schools with 10 or more kids and this year there are eight at the elementary school 21 miles north of Haines.
Angoon’s city office is closed until further notice, and the city plans to begin community-wide testing Wednesday.
Almost all of the children who attend Angoon’s K-12 school receive federally subsidized, low-cost or free school breakfasts or lunches. The supplies for those meals normally arrive in town aboard a state ferry.
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.