JDHS could lose automotive class

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Juneau Douglas Automotive program would be cut under the current budget.

    The Juneau Dipsticks are concerned with the decision to end the Juneau Douglas high school automotive program.

    The tight budget led the school board to cut $40,000 for the rent they pay to the University of Alaska Southeast to house the program.

    Kimberly Vaughn said they plan to hold a meeting April 25th to discuss the options to save the program.  She said she was very discouraged by the news even though she understands the budget process, "The schools need to operate within certain costs.  Its unfortunate that programs that some people see as extra, are actually very important."

    She said the program provides valuable skills to students as they enter careers.  She said it not only helps develop auto mechanics but also teaches kids basic maintenance of cars and also provides people interested in fixing equipment for mines and other industry.

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