Anchorage School Board Schedules Budget Meetings

The Anchorage School District is planning meetings to ask the public how it should deal with a projected $23 million budget shortfall for next school year.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE- The Anchorage School District is planning meetings to ask the public how it should deal with a projected $23 million budget shortfall for next school year.

The district expects to have higher expenses than revenue because of flat funding from the state, less money from the federal government and growing health care costs.
Board member Eric Croft says difficult decisions are ahead.
The board last year addressed a deficit in the current budget without cutting classroom teachers. Members instead cut special education aides and counseling and administration costs. The board also dipped into reserves.
Croft says keeping the same number of teachers in classrooms next year likely can't be sustained.
Meetings to hear from the public are planned for Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.