Gruening closure impacts hundreds of Eagle River families

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — ASD announced the closure of Gruening Middle School for the remainder of the year at a press conference Wednesday afternoon, and it came as no surprise to Gruening Middle School graduate Glori Atti.

"Don't get me wrong, it's a good school, but it's been around for awhile," Atti said. "It is sad hearing about them closing down, and that's a lot of money going into fixing them."

Beyond nostalgia, the closure has a big impact on Atti’s family. Her little sister has special needs, and getting her to Chugiak High School, the interim school for Gruening students, will be no easy task.

"Getting her ready for school is a hassle. We don't really know how we're going to get her to school,” Atti said. “It's definitely going to take longer to get there."

ASD says pick-up times for Gruening students riding the bus to school will remain the same. Students who walk to school will be picked up in the Gruening Middle School parking lot. All students will be returned on their regular bus route.

Gruening is the second school to close due to the earthquake. Atti also attended Eagle River Elementary – its closure was announced on Tuesday.

Transition efforts to move Gruening to interim classes at Chugiak High School will begin Thursday morning.