Eielson move could strongly impact FNSBSD

FAIRBANKS, AK -- The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District could shutter multiple schools in the Eielson and possibly North Pole areas should the Air Force proceed with plans to move F16 fighter jets from Eielson Air Force Base to Anchorage.

Two elementary schools and a junior/senior high school operate currently on the air base, servicing over one thousand students.

The Air Force Task Force report released this past week predicts as many as 1,062 students would leave the school district, which is more than the school district predicts will be enrolled next school year.

Non–military students would likely be absorbed into schools in the North Pole area.

In a joint-telephone conference with General Mark McLeod and other community leaders last Friday, Fairbanks North Star Borough School Superintendent Pete Lewis said the student numbers the Air Force used in the report were confusing.

"We'll do a little bit more analysis in terms of the specific numbers in the report because I'm not sure those numbers make sense to us, saying there will be over a thousand students leaving, ... that basically wipes out all three of those buildings that are on the base, and so will do a little bit more analysis in terms of the numbers that were provided in the report as well as the financial impact and we'll get those to you within the next day," Lewis said to MacLeod.