February 20, 2015
The Anchorage School Board approved the superintendent’s 2015-16 budget proposal for next school year, with two amendments, at its meeting last night. Superintendent Ed Graff said the budget focuses on the district’s Destination 2020 goals and increases staffing levels in schools in order to best support students and increase academic achievement.
The budget includes the use of $17 million in reserve funds to address a projected budget gap and prevent hundreds of position eliminations.
In addition to the superintendent’s original proposal, last night the board also added 20 full-time-equivalent positions in order to reinstate a second planning period for middle school elective teachers, and 1.5 full-time-equivalent positions to provide community outreach and development of Chinese and French language offerings at the elementary school level. The positions will be funded with money that was initially intended to go toward a technology refresh to replace aging school staff computers. Approximately one-third of the funding for the technology refresh remains available for staff equipment next year.
The approved budget adds a total of 64.8 full-time equivalent teaching positions, which includes 20 middle school teachers, 1.5 world language development teachers, 22.2 teachers across the district to cover projected enrollment changes and adjusted teacher allocations, and 21.1 charter school teachers, respectively.
Other adjustments to next year’s budget include a new charter school/alternative program director position, a Human Resources position, funds for curriculum software, upgrades and assessment reporting, the elimination of four central administration positions and one ancillary support position, and reduced funding for broadband and fuel.
Learn more about the budget by visiting the Anchorage School District's budget page.