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2 Alaska village teachers move into school

Posted: February 9, 2011 - 5:57am

KODIAK — Two teachers in a rural Kodiak Island village have moved into their school because of health and heating concerns in the house provided by the Kodiak Island Borough.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Scott and Janine Holmes moved out of the rented home and into the Akhiok school because of concerns about asbestos and poor heating.

Substandard housing for teachers is an ongoing issue for rural Alaska school districts.

Kodiak School District director of operations Scott Williams says the district has tried to improve delivery of heat in the Akhiok house but it needs to be better insulated.

He says the final straw for the move was the discovery that a washing machine was vibrating and damaging floor tiles that may contain asbestos. Williams says the move is temporary.

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