Back To School Week: a sit down with ASD Superintendent Dr. Bishop

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - It's "Back to School Week" at KTUU. With the first day of classes slated for August 20th the Morning Edition invited Anchorage School District Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop on the show.

Topics included parental preparations, the school systems budget in the wake of recent cuts, and other frequently asked questions.

Bishop said that a big looming question on the minds of many parents and staff has been the potential for state budget cuts, but she offered a reassuring message.

"Our state situation with budgeting and things causes some anxiety, but you need to know that ASD has planned for any shortcomings," she said. "You know, we've really worked well."

Bishop said that the district did have to close a school and are sharing a
couple schools in a single school.

"We did also have to close the school Mt. Spur this year just for low enrollment, as well as we did have to move a homeschool--a cooperative school PAIDEIA into share space in Central into downtown," she said.

Meanwhile, earthquake damage continues to affect some of the schools in the Eagle River area.

-Greuning continues to be located in Chugiak High School

-At Eagle River Elementary the students have been divided amongst four schools for the next couple years

"We did great response from FEMA, and our insurance, so we are coming through little by little with those finances that had expected," she said.

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