June 12, 2015
Contact: Heidi Embley
Phone: (907) 742-4158
Superintendent Ed Graff will present the Anchorage School Board with a second amendment to the 2015-16 budget at the board’s meeting on Monday night. The amendment takes into account funding levels outlined in HB 2001; the state budget adjustment will reinstate approximately $4.8 million for ASD.
The superintendent proposes to direct the funds toward efforts that were originally planned when the funding levels were set in last year’s legislative session.
“We are pleased to have the Base Student Allocation fully funded,” said Superintendent Graff. “We are ready to move forward with finalizing our budget so we can get teachers in place to support our students for the upcoming school year.”
Superintendent Graff said the proposed budget amendments will have a very intentional focus on students. The majority of the funds will go to classroom teachers at all grade levels with a priority on supporting early literacy efforts in grades K-2.
“We know that having quality teachers in our classrooms are critical to student success,” said Superintendent Graff. “Additionally, student data shows our recent efforts around early literacy are proving successful and our investment is having a positive impact on student learning. By focusing on this area, we’re addressing immediate needs of our students that will provide long-term benefits.”
Superintendent Graff is proposing to use the reinstated funding as follows:
This final budget proposal has 34 fewer positions than the superintendent’s original 2015-16 budget proposal presented in February. Over the last five years, the district has cut approximately 315 positions, 93 percent of which were non-teaching positions. The district was able to mitigate further cuts to staff positions by forward-funding $18 million from this year’s budget to next school year.