January 26, 2015
Contact: Heidi Embley, ASD Communications
Superintendent Ed Graff will present his budget proposal for next school year to the Anchorage School Board today. The proposal preserves staffing levels in schools in order to best support students.
Superintendent Graff said he will use reserve funds to address most of the projected budget gap and prevent hundreds of position eliminations.
“Following several years of turnover and staff loss due to budget reductions, I believe this fiscally responsible proposal is providing stability to our classrooms and our students,” said Superintendent Graff. “This budget recommendation focuses heavily on our Destination 2020 goals in order to increase student achievement and success.”
The district is currently operating about 3 percent under budget, primarily due to a number of unfilled positions in specialized areas. The superintendent’s proposal calls for applying $17 million of reserves to next year’s projected shortfall. The remaining budget gap is addressed through a number of budget adjustments and financial projections.
The superintendent’s 2015-16 balanced General Fund budget proposal includes the reduction of four central administration positions and one ancillary support position, reduction of funds for broadband and fuel due to lower cost.
No classroom teacher positions are recommended for elimination. Instead, 24 teachers will be added. Other budget adjustments include the addition of a charter school/alternative program director position, a Human Resources position, and funds for curriculum software and upgrades, assessment reporting, and computer and technology equipment replacements for school staff.
“We want our students to be engaged and have high-quality resources available to them. This budget proposal was built with that focus,” said Superintendent Graff.
Superintendent Graff will present his administration’s budget recommendation to the school board at 4 p.m. today in the Education Center boardroom. The board will hold two public hearings on the budget proposal. The first reading and vote will take place on Monday, Feb. 2 and the second reading and final vote will occur on Thursday, Feb. 19. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Education Center boardroom.
The public is welcome to attend in person or watch online via ASD-TV live stream from a computer or mobile device.