Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District
Location
Palmer, Alaska and surrounding communities
United States
District information
MottoPreparing Students for Success
GradesPK12
SuperintendentRandy Trani
Budget$150,531,684
Students and staff
Students15,969[1]
Teachers1,200
Staffabout 100
Other information
ScheduleAugust to May[2]
Websitehttp://www.matsuk12.us/

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD) is a school district based in the city of Palmer, Alaska. It serves 40 schools across Mat-Su Borough, which each enroll from 15 to 1300 students.[3] The estimated sum of the total number of students attending schools in this district is 15,969.[1] MSBSD is the second-largest school district in Alaska,[4] with the largest district being Anchorage School District.[5]

In the 2007-2008 school year, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District had an expenditure of $150,531,684, which is a $9,426 expenditure for every student.[6]

The current superintendent is Dr. Randy Trani.[7]

History

In April 2020 the school district board deemed five books, Catch-22, The Great Gatsby, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Invisible Man, and The Things They Carried, to be inappropriate for use in the classroom.[8] Among the reasons cited were "anti-white" sentiments. A local attorney responded with a "book challenge," asking students to read all five works.[9] In May of that year the school board restored the books to the curriculum.[10]

Schools

K-12 schools

7-12 schools

6-12 schools

High schools

K-8 schools

  • Academy Charter School, a charter school, serving grades K–8, in Palmer
  • Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School K-8, a public charter school in Wasilla

Middle schools

  • Colony Middle School, a public middle school in Palmer
  • Houston Middle School, a public middle school in Big Lake
  • Palmer Middle School, a public middle school in Palmer
  • Teeland Middle School, a public middle school in Wasilla
  • Wasilla Middle School, a public middle school in Wasilla

Elementary schools

  • Big Lake Elementary School] in Big Lake
  • Butte Elementary School in Palmer
  • Cottonwood Creek Elementary School in Wasilla
  • Dena'ina Elementary in Wasilla
  • Finger Lake Elementary School in Wasilla
  • Goose Bay Elementary School in Wasilla
  • Iditarod Elementary School in Wasilla
  • Larson Elementary School in Wasilla
  • Machetanz Elementary School in Wasilla
  • Meadow Lakes Elementary School in Wasilla
  • Pioneer Peak Elementary School in Palmer
  • Sherrod Elementary School in Palmer
  • Snowshoe Elementary School in Wasilla
  • Sutton Elementary School in Sutton
  • Swanson Elementary School in Palmer
  • Talkeetna Elementary School in Talkeetna
  • Tanaina Elementary School in Wasilla
  • Trapper Creek Elementary School in Trapper Creek
  • Willow Elementary School in Willow

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District 2007 – 2008 Adopted Budget p.16
  2. ^ "Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District Transportation" (PDF). Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. 2007-06-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  3. ^ Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District 2007 – 2008 Adopted Budget p. 11
  4. ^ Fry, Eric (2005-02-09). "Alaska's schools seek more money". Juneau Empire. Archived from the original on 2009-01-15. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  5. ^ "Mat-Su Borough School District". Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. Archived from the original on 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-01-15.
  6. ^ Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District 2007 – 2008 Adopted Budget p. 56
  7. ^ "Mat-Su Borough School District". Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. Archived from the original on 16 September 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2009.
  8. ^ Li, David K. (2020-04-28). "Alaska school board removes 'The Great Gatsby,' other famous books from curriculum for 'controversial' content". NBC News. Retrieved 2020-04-29.
  9. ^ Taylor, Derrick B. (29 April 2020). "Alaska School District Votes Out 'Catch-22,' 'Gatsby' and Other Classics". New York Times. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Alaskan school board lifts ban on Gatsby and Catch-22 after protests". The Guardian. 2020-05-22. Retrieved 2020-05-22.

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