Moose Pass School is the “centerpiece” of its community

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Talk to locals in Moose Pass, they’ll tell you the school is the heart of the town.

“The school is the centerpiece,” said Wendy Bryden, a volunteer, and parent of two former students. “Maybe the glue that brings everything together.”

Locals will attend events and performances at the school, and many argue that the school keeps families in the community and brings new ones in.

“It's a very special place for them,” said Moose Pass School’s headteacher, Sandra Barron. “I don’t know if it's reasonable to not have a school here. It's that important.”

Parents and teachers said that last spring, there was a scare when the Governor’s budget was announced as to whether or not there would be funding for the school during FY2021.

“No one wants to see this school close,” Bryden said. “It’s important for the kids and the community.”

According to Pegge Erkeneff, the director of communications for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the district does not plan to pursue and closures or consolidations based on the Governor’s FY21 budget.

Erkeneff also added that Borough Mayor Pierce states he intends to fund schools to the maximum allowable during the fiscal year.

“Well it's the lifeblood of the community,” said Rodger Painter, Moose Pass resident and head of the local library. “Certainly, the future of the community.”

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