ASD Budget gap leads to 219 staff eliminations


by Your Alaska Link News Team
by Victoria Taylor

ANCHORAGE-The decision to cut more than 200 positions across the district hits close to home for david neese."I taught in the district for 28 years, I'm a retired teacher so those are my colleagues you're talking about. It's kind of a sad day," said Neese.

Since 2004 the district has cut more than 700 positions. That does not include the additional 219 announced Tuesday. Superintendent Ed Graff says these cuts are "unlike anything else I've ever seen in 23 years in the Anchorage School District."

Superintendent graff assures students  and parents the impact of losing these teachers will be minimal.Former teacher and current school board President Tam Agosti-Gisler acknowledges the cuts will be felt by students, "these types of budget cuts are a big distraction for our educators."
The cuts come in an effort to bridge a 49M dollar budget gap. The district will present this proposal to the school board Thursday.

Teachers will know by mid-May if there position is being eliminated.


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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Jan 22 at 8:59 PM

school disrict is way to top heavy need to cut at district office

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