Sitka's Pacific High School move approved

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2002

The Sitka School Board decided Jan. 8 to reclaim the Lincoln Street School for classroom purposes, providing a home for Pacific High School.

The building has been occupied by the Teen Center since 1993. It was used as a public school building until 1989, when Verstovia Elementary School, now Keet Gooshi Heen, was built.

Teen Center Deputy Director Penny O'Day said the Teen Center board of directors has known since October that this might happen, and has already begun finding a new location.

"We have a bunch of different options," she said. "We feel this is really for the best, and that this is the best possible thing for Pacific High School."

The Sitka School Board last year created a task force to resolve the issues faced by the alternative school, including the deteriorating building it leases from Mt. Edgecumbe High School.

In a work session held Jan. 8 with members of the task force, the board heard recommendations about the move.

The cost associated with the move include a one-time major maintenance expenditure of about $115,000, said Superintendent Steve Bradshaw. The annual budget for the school is estimated at about $280,000 annually, higher than the school's current $246,000 budget.

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