More students expected back, but budget cuts still possible

Though the Wrangell School District now projects 259 students to enroll for the fall semester based on the belief that more families will send their children back to the classroom, enrollment would still be down 13% from pre-pandemic numbers and the latest draft budget shows a loss of five teaching positions from this year.

School board members reviewed the latest draft budget at their March 18 meeting, with more work to come before adopting a spending plan for next school year.

State funding for school operations is based on enrollment, which had been around 300 students before many families...


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