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By Marc Lutz 

School enrollment shows decline; COVID-19, other factors to blame


January 20, 2022

The number of students enrolled in Wrangell Public Schools has dropped by nearly half in the past 30 years.

According to data from the Alaska Department of Education, enrollment for the 1991-92 school year totaled 527. The 2021-22 school year enrollment totaled 257 in the fall count.

So where have the children gone?

“I came in ’94 and the mill was still running,” said Bob Davis, assistant principal for Wrangell High School and Stikine Middle School. “The mill went down about a year later and things have been rough ever since. When COVID hit, things really dropped, and we haven’t...

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