October 29, 2013
ASD asks for community feedback as it prepares budget
Series of public conversations will provide guidance in budget preparation
The district will host a series of budget guidance conversations to gather community input as it begins developing the budget for the 2014-15 school year.
The conversations will help gauge what the community values in public education and gather public sentiment towards various options needed to close the budget gap, estimated to more than $20 million. The gap is caused by flat education funding paired with increases to utilities, supplies and other general cost of living increases.
There are three opportunities for parents, community members and ASD staff to engage in the budget process. The meetings are as follows:
A fourth budget dialogue meeting will be held exclusively for Student Advisory Board members on Nov. 7.
Seating at all community conversations will be limited to allow for facilitation of valuable dialogue. Those interested in joining the conversation are urged to register either online at www.asdk12.org/budget or by calling 742-4153.
The district will incorporate suggestions from the community conversations, employee bargaining units, the district's online suggestion box and other input into the budget development process.
Superintendent Ed Graff will present a balanced budget proposal to the Anchorage School Board in February.