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History of Voznesenka School
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The past thirty-plus years have brought tremendous growth and change to
Voznesenka School. From 1986, when seventeen students were first taught on the dirt
floor of Serpion Reutov’s basement, to our current school that includes a main building
with a computer lab and three portables for a hundred plus students in preschool through
twelfth grade. At first, education was provided through the school district’s correspond-
ence program overseen by John Szajkowski for Voznesenka, Kachemak Selo, and Dolina.
Marya Kalugin was the first bilingual instructor.
A two-room school house was built by the community in 1988 for 28 students in
kindergarten through eighth grade. The school consisted of seven staff members: Stan and
Anisia White, Dave and Bonnie Evans, Marya Kalugin, Agafia Molodih, and Sandy
Martushev as the school secretary. All photocopies were made at McNeil Canyon School
for there wasn’t a copy machine or even a telephone on site. There was only an outhouse
for restroom facilities.
The community was unprepared for the growth of the school. In 1989, the
school had 56 students, and the building was overcrowded. The district brought a porta-
ble and established a special education program in 1990. Efrocia Polushkin was the spe-
cial education aide and David Lewis the teacher. Soon, even with the portable, the school
was congested. In the summer of 1993, the community expanded the two-room school by
adding an additional three classrooms, a library, a large work area, two bathrooms, and
an office for a 110 students. Finally, the district brought in an additional two portables
that have brought the school to its current state.
Over time, the slow flow of staff—we are proud to have little turnover—-has
each left an impression on the school we are today. We are proud of our school and the
programs we offer our students. The school provides an education in the students’ native
language, recognizing the value of bilingual education. A preschool was established in
1998 and continues strong, with even a waiting list to get in. Our peak year of enrollment
was in the 2002 to 2003 school year with 148 students. A wrestling program was created
in 2004 with continued success, and a Head of the Bay football team existed from 2012-
2017. For the past five years, combined village sports of cross country running and girls’
soccer were also made available. Other educational enhancements offered include Family
and Consumer Science, Construction, Art, Youth Court, Weight Lifting, Project Grad, etc.
A special thanks to the teachers, staff, and coaches who have worked so hard to develop
and maintain these opportunities for our youth.
Today marks our twenty-fourth graduation ceremony, and our thirty-third year
school anniversary. These great accomplishments would not have been possible without
the tremendous effort and support of the community and school staff. We extend a sin-
cere and boisterous Thank You, Спасибо!
Each year brings changes. The end of this year, we salute Linda Etzwiler, our
legendary K-2 teacher, to retirement after 35 years teaching, 15 of those at Voznesenka.
We also wish Rick Foster, our beloved Science/Social Studies teacher, a restorative year as
he takes a year’s leave of absence. Additionally, we wave off Megan Green, our innova-
tive Migrant/ Title 1 teacher as she moves to Dillingham. We are so thankful for the many
ways they’ve brightened and enlightened our lives. We wish them all the best and will
always embrace them as part of our Voznesenka School family.
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