ASD budget recap


by Jessica Gruenling

On Tuesday night it seemd as if the Anchorage School District would have a final approval on newx year's 743 million dollar school budget. 

"I doubt that anyone is going to atttempt to increase or decrease it because the school district has done a fine job of putting a budget together in the midst of having to cut 23 million dollars i mean ridiculous," Elvi Gray-Jackson, Assembly Member.
Once the ordinance was brought up for discussion that was not the outcome.
The assembly heard from Superintendent Ed Graff and few members of the public.
Assembly member Bill STarr voices his opinon on wanting to extend public comment on the budget until next meeting. He says a budgest this big deserves two opportunities for the public to speak.
He also noted wanting the postponement until after the April 1 election.
And his fellow members agreed with a 7-3 vote and one absence. 
"It was certianly unexpected for this evening, we felt like we went through our public process and were very diligent and responsible in what we were presenting here tonight," Ed Graff, Superintendent, Anchorge School District. 
"I think they're interested in getting some more information about our budget. The concern was expressed about the teachers," Tam Agosti-Gisler, President Anchorage School Board. 
School Board member and Assembly members can agree that to keep teachers in our classrooms help is going to be needed from our legislators. 
"Hopefully our state legislators and the governors will see the need to increase the base student allocation to 400 hundred dollars.So we can save some of out teachers and have our classrooms at the right size instead of being overcrowded, so our kids can get the education that they deserve," Gray Jackson.
As for what comes next for the school board. 
"So what we'll probably be doing is responding to any questions that they might have or answering any specific budget details that they think we're missing in this process. Well come to the assembly again at the next meeting and hopefully have our budget approved throught their process," Graff.  
Superintendent Ed Graff said the delay will have no effect on the board and its ability to plan for next school year. 

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