SITKA, Alaska (AP) – Sitka school officials say the district could save money if students traveling for extracurricular activities in southeast Alaska were able to take the ferry more often, but the ferry’s schedule doesn’t always fit.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports education officials plan to advocate for the Alaska Marine Highway System to create a ferry schedule that allows Sitka students to leave on Thursdays for events and return on Sundays.

Sitka High School activities director Susan Ross says about two-thirds of the student body traveled off the island for an activity during the past school year. She says athletes take anywhere from two to seven trips per season.

Ross says a round trip to Juneau by ferry may cost $80 to $90 while plane travel may cost $150 to $200.

Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel,

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