By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

Tlingit & Haida Head Start plans to cut 80 classroom spots

Staff shortages, tight finances and governor’s veto put strain on program

 

August 9, 2023



The Head Start program operated in 10 Southeast communities by the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska wants to reduce its authorized enrollment by 80 children as the nonprofit adjusts to a tightening budget situation and staffing shortages.

The program serves Wrangell, though the tribal nonprofit said there would be no reduction in classroom slots in the community.

Tlingit & Haida is approved to serve 262 children across Southeast but has asked federal officials for permission to reduce the number to 182, according to Head Start Director Christa Green. Federal fundi...



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