Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik Immersion School opened its doors to students in the Kipusvik Building on March 15, 2016 with a Grand Opening ceremony. The students had been temporarily housed in the LKSD District Office & Gladys Jung Elementary buildings ever since the Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik Immersion School burned down on November 3, 2015. The students and staff, along with parents were happy to all be under one roof again. The Kipusvik facility is owned by the Bethel Native Corporation and will be leased to LKSD for 3-5 years until they can build a new facility for the Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik Immersion School.
The Opening Ceremony was filled with presentations from Staff, Officials, and included a traditional blessing ceremony and Yup’ik Dancing from the students. Among the celebration events was a quick presentation from the volunteer Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Academic Policy Committee (APC), many of which are AVCP Employees. Clarence Daniel (AVCP Transportation Director), the Ayaprun Elitnaurvik APC Chairman and volunteer member for over 10 years, stated that it was a difficult situation, as he was a parent of students attending the school. They had worked with the school district and parents to keep them notified and updated with the situation, decisions that were being made, and were very thankful for how much support had been shown, with all the transitions and, ultimately, moving into the new facility.