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Letter to the Editor


In My Opinion

I am the art teacher for Wrangell Middle and High School, and I’m very proud of that position. As an art teacher I try to get my students to see things differently; I encourage them to see outside the box. I want them to see themselves as artists and to learn to be creative. Not everyone can see their own potential. They have to learn how. I think we used to teach that here in Wrangell. I think our school district is changing and not for the benefit of the students. I see a pattern in this district of people leaving Wrangell (Elementary, Middle and High School) in the last t...

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Reader Comments

mjmanch writes:

I heartily agree with your concerns. Yours is the voice of experience, wisdom, and values-driven work in your chosen field. According to the UAA March 2017 Social and Economic Research Institute report, the average cost of teacher turnover in rural Alaska is more than $20,000 per teacher. Similar level employees can be expected to have similar costs, and principals/ superintendants even more. Replacement is not always wise, particularly so soon after recruitment. Food for thought.


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