Two weeks ago, the council sent a letter to all Kipnuk households prohibiting children in the village of around 700 people from attending school, citing concerns for students’ safety.
Although no school interiors flooded, there was significant erosion in some communities that brought the buildings much closer to the shoreline.
More is now known about the extent of the damage from the fire that burned on May 26 at the Akiuk Memorial School campus in Kasigluk.
No injuries or deaths have been reported, but multiple buildings used by the school were damaged.
The village is losing ground three times faster than it was 10 years ago, according to studies of Napakiak’s erosion.
High schoolers have already evacuated from the main school into an unused building next door because their classroom was closest to the river.
A national teacher shortage left the Lower Kuskokwim School District scrambling. The district had dozens of positions to fill in only a few months, and looked to the Philippines for solutions.
Christopher Carmichael, a former Bethel elementary school principal, is currently serving a 15-year federal sentence for attempted coercion and enticement of a minor and a 25-year sentence for sexual abuse of a minor.
The Napakiak school sits 78 feet from the water — about the same amount of riverbank that erodes each year.
Jury trials are scheduled for this fall for lawsuits against the school district for failing to protect students against Carmichael.