School District Budget Calls for Teacher Cuts

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The first numbers for next year’s Kodiak Island Borough School District budget were released this week. Preliminary figures put the draft budget at about $45.4 million, a $2.9 million increase over the previous year.

Luke Fulp is the district’s finance director. He says the increase largely comes from payroll. He said there are no proposed changes in funding priorities that would shift emphasis from one program to another.

— (school 1 :21 "The primary increase … percent increase.")

But the district is also proposing cuts in faculty and staff for a projected savings of about $700,000.

— (school 2 :20 "We are proposing … one administrator.")

The budget is for fiscal year 2012 from this July through June 30, 2012. It’s the district’s operating budget and separate from capital projects that pay for new construction.

— (school 3 :37 "The proposed budget is … insurance for the buildings.")

The budget is still only in draft form. Each section of the budget will be discussed at board of education meetings with opportunities for public comment. The deadline for the board to approve the budget is April 30.

More than two thirds of the budget is funded by the state. Less than a quarter is raised locally with the remainder picked up by the federal government and grants.

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