A Message from the Superintendent

Dan Walker
Superintendent Dan Walker

Welcome to LKSD and thank you for visiting our webpage.  LKSD is the largest REAA in the State of Alaska in terms of numbers of schools, communities, and students.  With just over 4100 students, LKSD spans an area the size of the State of West Virginia, or about 21,000 square miles.  We serve 22 remote village schools plus the hub community of Bethel. We serve 27 schools total, which includes 5 schools in Bethel.  Our population of students is primarily Alaska Native of Yup’ik/Cup’ik heritage.
Our school district is one of the last remaining places where the indigenous language is still relatively intact.  This is a huge source of pride for our schools, communities and district. I strongly believe as a school system we must find ways to embrace the culture and integrate it into our schools to help students to connect with their own identity as Alaska Natives.
Our mission as a school district is to embrace the idea of a bilingual and culturally appropriate education for our students.  To that end, our Board has adopted a Dual Language instructional model for those communities that have embraced the idea of biliteracy as an outcome for their children.
The LKSD Board of Education has adopted four “Key Measures of Success” as part of their Strategic Thinking Model of School Improvement.  These “Key Measures” drive much of what we do as a school system.  The “Key Measures” are:
  • Graduation Rate: The four-year graduation rate for LKSD students will reach 75%.
  • Achievement: 70% of LKSD students will meet or exceed growth targets on MAP testing.
  • Yugtun/Cugtun Fluency: 50% of 6th grade students in LKSD will score within proficiency level 3 or higher on the Yugtun/Cugtun Prificiency.
  • Attendance: The LKSD attendance rate will increase to 95% for grades K-8, and 91% for students in grades 9-12.

As part of the mission to meet these Key Measures we have made some strong efforts to improve the educational experience our students receive. With a strong emphasis on students engagement, we have developed a number of career pathways at the secondary level to focus on students receiving a rich educational experience.  It is sometimes very difficult to provide that experience in our small schools with limited staff and resources.  To that end, we have developed a variable length boarding program that embraces the idea os students being culturally grounded, yet academically strong to help them achieve success at a post secondary level.
We are always looking for ways to improve our educational system and we believe we have made some strong advances in recent years, yet we know we must continue to improve. Please feel free to provide input on how we can further improve our system through the surveys that are available throughout the year.  We greatly appreciate and value the feedback.

Dan Walker
Lower Kuskokwim School District
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