Wrangell’s school district could be facing major cuts due to low student enrollment. But at a budget hearing Monday, only one community member chimed in — with a letter to the district.
Wrangell resident Donna Rohwer encouraged the district to create a home-based learning program that might count more homeschooled students as part of the district, bringing more enrollment-tied state funding to the schools.
Rohwer’s letter was the only comment from the community. The public hearing ended after just five minutes.
School board president Aaron Angerman closed the meeting with a request: “I hope that the public will continue to speak up,” Angerman said. “We’re listening. We want to hear from you. We want your feedback. So I’ll hopefully see you at our next meeting.”
If student enrollment doesn’t jump in the coming school year, Wrangell Public Schools is looking at up to a $140,000 dollar budget deficit and possible layoffs.
The next school board meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. February 15. It will be open to the public via teleconference.
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