ASD cuts could affect students

48,000 students are enrolled throughout the Anchorage School District. Some officials say the districts budget cuts might affect the students education.

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by Derek Smith

ANCHORAGE- 48,000 students are enrolled throughout the Anchorage School District. Some officials say the districts budget cuts might affect the students education. 

"You can have technology, you can have athletics, you can have fancy buildings, and a lot of other things. Ultimately what we think really matters is having a fine teacher in front of the kid in order to get that kid educated. These other things are great if we can afford them, but these other priorities are upside down right now.," AEA President Andy Holleman said. 

According to Anchorage Superintendent Ed Graff, the 2014-2015 school year budget faces a several million dollar budget cut.

"That means we are going to have to make some significant reductions that will have across the district. I believe this recommendation is the best we can offer our students with the limited resources available to us," Ed Graff says. 

For the past couple years, the Anchorage School District has dealt with budget gaps of nineteen and twenty-five million dollars. The superintendent says the restructuring of budget cuts could limi the momentum to support the success of our students. In a effort to save some important courses, a seven period schedule has been suggested. 

"By being on a 7 period schedule, we can hold off  cutting elective programs such as world languages, advanced placement, music or art classes," Graff said. 

President Andy Holleman says the state is under a fiscal pinch, but if the community doesn't act quickly, legislators could send the money they have to other programs.

"We are coming off of budgets where a lot of people funding for a lot of other things, education wasn't one of them. So the question to the public is, is that ok with you?" Says Holleman.