School District Presents 2011 Budget


Diana Gish/KMXT

At the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly’s work session on Thursday, the school district presented its budget for Fiscal Year 2011. The presentation included a request for local funding from the borough.

Luke Fulp is the finance director for the district.

(School Budget 1 "It was just … $10,290,000 dollars.")

That requested figure is for a combination of both in-kind services and an appropriated dollar amount. The local contribution that the school district is requesting is 9.8-million dollars. The in-kind services amount is 920,000 dollars.

During a discussion that followed the presentation, members of the assembly indicated that they would favor passing a resolution to keep local funding at the same level as last year.

Fulp talked about what that might mean for the district.

(School Budget 2 "At that point … wouldn’t be cut.")

Fulp itemized some of the expenses that led to the school district raising both its budget and its request for local support.

(School Budget 3 "It’s a rollover … to deal with.")

At Thursday’s work session, Mayor Jerome Selby suggested that the district might be able to make up the difference in local funding by dipping into its own reserve budget. Fulp said that that would depend on some unknown factors.

(School Budget 4 "Currently, our fund … there for that.")

Next week the assembly is expected to vote on a resolution that will set its minimum contribution to the district’s 2011 budget. After that, and after the borough passes its own budget, Selby said it’s possible that local funding to the district could be increased.

District revenue comes from federal, state and local sources as well as from grants.

The total amount of the proposed 2011 school district budget equals 42.9 million dollars.

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