The Aleutians East Borough School District is located in Southwestern Alaska along the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Chain The District was formed in 1988 from smaller districts who consolidated and formed a Borough with taxing authority. The Borough and District boundaries are the same, and stretch over approximately 15,000 square miles of road-less, mostly treeless tundra, from the middle of the Alaska Peninsula to the north and east, going southwest out to Akutan just east of Dutch Harbor.
The Aleutians East School Board is composed of seven elected members and two appointed advisory members. This has insured that each community always has at least one representative on the Board at all times. The School Board has the responsibility of setting school district goals, developing policies, approving school programs, approving the hiring of staff and conducting evaluations of the Superintendent.
Each site also has an elected advisory school board, who advise the local site administrator on local custom, community wishes regarding the program and schedule, and background regarding local hiring and contracting. The ASB works closely with the site Board Member and makes recommendations to the School Board on matters affecting the school programs in the community.
The Board has recently updated its policy manual, and ratified a three year collaborative agreement with the Aleutians East Education Association - the teacher's professional National Education Association affiliate.
The District is a leader in Alaska, in the use of technologically up to date educational systems and programs that offer the region's children progressive, consistent and competitive educational opportunities , which prepare them to live successful lives and affords the region an abundant supply of educated and talented citizens.
The Aleutians East Borough donated over $500,000 of local fish tax money in 1993 to enable the rapid development of competitive technology in every classroom. Every school in the AEBSD now two computers for every five students, has an EtherNet LAN with dial-up access to the InterNet and World Wide Web. Each school multimedia authoring and instructional capabilities, e-mail, CD-ROM, laser disc instructional tools, satellite distance delivered instruction, and many other software and hardware enhancements. Educational technology enjoys tremendous usage by students and teachers and tremendous support by the parents and communities of the AEBSD. Direct access to the world wide web awaits upgrade of local phone systems to accommodate digital switching, 28.8 BPS access or better, and equitable satellite lease rates. As an interim measure, Access is provided students by dial-up accounts with America On Line.
Each community school has a principal or a teaching principal. Teaching staffs vary from two to thirteen, depending on the school population. Community support staffs include preschool instructors, library instructors, secretaries, custodians, maintenance personnel, cooks, bus drivers, educational aides for special ed., Migrant Ed, Chapter I, and regular instruction. As with most rural districts, the local school facility serves as each community's social and recreational center with a number of activities organized by the school and others organized by the community.
When school is out for the day, the week, or the summer, educators have wild rural Alaska at their doorstep. Teachers enjoy the salmon derbies in the fall. There are occasional openings of bear hunting, caribou, buffalo and each year the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge is world renown for it's concentration of migratory birds - geese, ducks etc. of a great variety. Ptarmigan are plentiful in the fall. Teachers will often kayak, fly airplanes, fish, hunt, camp, scuba dive and hike in their personal time. Indoors, an energetic adult basketball league plays throughout the winter, and there are community schools opportunities such as Tai Chi, volleyball, and community college extension classes available at most sites. The Scandinavian influence shows up in many of our towns in winter as the Polka dancing and accordion music is celebrated.
Aleutians East Borough School District is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 6
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