The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Home schooled students can get district support

Parents can give input to help local schools develop new program


Parents of home schooled students in Valdez will be given new local options for delivering education to their children this school year.

Jim Nygaard, superintendent of Valdez City Schools, is holding a second of a series of meetings with these parents and anyone else interested in helping the district develop a home school curriculum.

"We want to make sure they have the same opportunities as other Valdez kids," Nygaard said in an interview last week. "We want to get our foot in the door."

Home schooling is a popular and growing option in Alaska, and for many years a number of school districts in the state have offered home schooling curriculum that is open to any student in the state.

Valdez is looking to begin by serving Valdez students only.

Valdez Star photo

US Senator Lisa Murkowski greets Rod Morrison at a city-hosted reception Monday. Murkowski spent the day in Valdez meeting with city officials, non-profit community service organizations and other community leaders.

"It's a stepping stone for us," Nygaard said. "There's no reason we can't offer these services to these kids."

Nygaard held the first meeting last month in hopes of gauging community interest. He said the response was very encouraging and the district is looking to move forward, beginning this fall.

Today's meeting (Wednesday, August 6, 1-2 p.m. at the District Offices located at 1112 W. Klutina St.) is billed as an opportunity for parents to give the district input on the needs of home schoolers.

More information is available, including phone numbers, on page 10 in an advertisement placed by the district.

"We just want to serve Valdez kids," Nygaard said.


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