New superintendent works to boost enrollment


Caleb Vierkant/ Wrangell Sentinel

Bill Burr, Wrangell Public School's new superintendent, said he is looking toward boosting enrollment numbers for the coming school year. Wrangell saw the biggest enrollment decline in the state last year.

Even while Bill Burr, Wrangell's new schools superintendent, is still unpacking, he already is looking toward challenges the district will face in the coming school year. One area of improvement he is optimistic about is bringing enrollment numbers back to previous levels.

Last year, during the COVID-19 pandemic, enrollment in Wrangell schools dropped to about 200 from their typical number around 300 - the largest percentage decrease in any school district in Alaska. Many families chose to homeschool their kids, or pursue correspondence courses.

Wrangell's numbers ticked upward as last year we...

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