School Board Makes Case for State Education Funds


Jennifer Canfield/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough School District is facing a $3.5 million deficit. That’s about 10 percent of their total budget or about the same amount of money it costs to operate Main Elementary School. A closure of one of Kodiak’s schools is just one of many solutions the district is considering to balance the budget. About $2.5 million worth of relief could come if the Legislature decides to pass SB 171, which would increase funding each year for the next three years. The Senate has approved the scheduled increases, but the House seems to prefer schools asking for more money on a case-by-case basis.

Wednesday night the school board hosted the first of five scheduled community meetings for the public to learn about the financial dilemma that the district needs to deal with. KMXT’s Jennifer Canfield spoke with board member Aaron Griffin about the meeting.

Kodiak Island Borough School District will be holding meetings throughout the community for parents and community members to discuss budget strategies for the upcoming school year.

Wednesday, February 22 – 5 pm
Location: Main School

Monday, February 27 – 5 pm
Location: Peterson School

Tuesday, February 28 – 7 pm
Location: Choral Pod

Thursday, March 1 – 5 pm
Video Conferencing with rural communities

Thursday, March 1 – 7 pm
Location: North Star School

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