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Klukwan School loses principal after 3 years


The superintendent of Chatham School District, who also serves as Klukwan School principal, resigned last week.

Superintendent Bernie Grieve announced his resignation, citing “personal reasons” for leaving, at a Chatham school board meeting April 11. He worked at the district for three years. Grieve said he accepted a position as superintendent for the Kuspuk School District in Aniak and will start there in July.

Klukwan School lead teacher Kathy Carl said the district seems to cycle through a new superintendent every two to three years. Other schools in the district include Angoon, Gustavus and Tenakee Springs.

Although the resignation will not affect day-to-day operations at Klukwan School, Carl said, forming a relationship with the new superintendent will be the biggest challenge.

Carl said that in the past, the superintendent has served as Klukwan School principal or a principal was shared between Klukwan and Gustavus.

Klukwan School is also hiring a full-time teacher for grades pre-K to 2, to join Carl, Fran Daly and Jessica Tipkemper. The district expects enrollment to grow from 16 to more than 20 students next year.


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