Budget Priorities Get First Look at School Board Meeting Tonight


Kodiak Island Borough building where the Board of Education meeting will take place. Kayla Desroches/KMXT 

Kayla Desroches/KMXT

The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education will be discussing the Fiscal Year 2016 budget at tonight’s regular meeting, as well as the the potential purchase of over a half-million-dollars in new computer equipment. 

Members will hear from a Citizen Budget Advisory Committee that has been meeting for the last four weeks reviewing the FY 16 budget priorities and program offerings, followed by a presentation of preliminary budget scenarios for the next fiscal year.

The board will also vote on the purchase of 420 Macbook Pros, 200 iPads and 40 Mac Minis to replace five-year-old computers that have reached the end of their institutional life. The purchase order, heavy with educational discounts, amounts to $589,854.34.

Superintendent Stewart McDonald also says that students will be addressing the school board at tonight’s meeting.

“We have over 80 students involved in project-based learning. From nano-agriculture to studies on collecting some of the radioactive material that came over from the Japanese tsunami debris. A earth-science type project that’s working with NOAA and the America Bridge.”

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live here on KMXT.

There are many more items on the agenda, and if you’d like to view it, you can find it here.

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