Meetings start next week as ASD seeks solutions for students of shuttered Eagle River schools

The Anchorage School District will hold a series of public meetings to discuss the future of a pair of Eagle River schools forced to close due to earthquake damage.

The district will hold meetings along with an ad hoc committee from the Anchorage School Board on Feb. 12 and 21 at Chugiak High and Feb. 13 and 20 at Eagle River High.

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The meetings’ purpose is to discuss how to best deal with the ongoing closures of Gruening Middle School and Eagle River Elementary in the short term. Both schools were heavily damaged in the Nov. 30 earthquake and both are closed through at least the 2019-20 school year. Students from Gruening have been moved to Chugiak High, while Eagle River Elementary students have been split between Homestead, Ravenwood and Birchwood ABC.

All four meetings will start at 6 p.m. The meetings at Chugiak High will address secondary education and the meetings at Eagle River High will discuss elementary education options.