The Anchorage School District has proposed to close six elementary schools — but not close them, just turn several of them into charter schools for free! This is the problem with government policy within ASD.
I would like to know if while choosing these schools, they considered the following items: age of the buildings, deferred maintenance costs, upgrades needed, value of selling the sites to developers, and the capacity of the other schools in the area.
A good example of incompetence within ASD is the planned demolition and rebuilding of Inlet View, rejected by the voters. The issues with the existing building are extensive, but all other schools in the area are 14% to 50% under capacity, so why rebuild? The school should be demolished and the land sold to a developer, but that is common sense which, is lost in ASD.
It appears ASD has no long-range plan that looks at the current elementary school capacity. They need to look at the entire district that has 50-plus elementary schools and try to raise the capacity and eliminate schools in the district.
— Bill Poplarchik
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