Office of Management and Budget
2014-15 school year budget approved by the Anchorage School Board
Some high school teaching and counseling positions brought back and implementation of high school's 6-of-7 schedule delayed
The budget closes a $23 million shortfall by eliminating 200 positions by the end of this school year. It will be presented to the Anchorage Assembly in March with a vote scheduled at its March 25 meeting.
An open statement to the community from the Anchorage School Board
Many people in the community have been asking about what the board has been doing to educate and inform both the community and legislative representatives about the district's budget deficit. Tam Agosti-Gisler, board president, prepared this statement outlining the board's recent efforts (PDF) .
10 things you should know
The Anchorage School Board has 10 important things it wants you to know (PDF) about the budget.
Call to action
If education is important to you, and you believe more money needs to be put into schools, the board asks that you make your thoughts known to the governor and legislature.
- Email Governor Parnell
- Send a public opinion message to your legislator
- Email Mayor Sullivan
- Find and email your assembly member
- Email the Anchorage Assembly
- Email the Anchorage School Board
The following changes were made to the proposed budget:
- Delay implementation of the 6-of-7 schedule at the high school level.
- Revise the Upper Limit Authority to reflect updated financial projections.
- Add 16 teacher full time equivalent positions to be funded from $1.6 million of the fund balance.
- Add three full time equivalent counseling positions to be funded from $0.3 million of the fund balance.
In order for this amendment to take effect and become part of the budget, the board had to vote to suspend board policy 724.4.3 Minimum General Fund Unrestricted Fund Balance because the proposal dropped the fund balance below 8%, to 7.9%. By policy, the fund balance is not allowed to be more than two percentage points below the maximum percentage allowed by state law, which is currently 10%.
2014-15 budget documents
The proposed budget, approved by the school board with amendments, now goes to the Anchorage Assembly for its approval
The budget went before the board for two readings; the final vote taken on Feb. 20, 2014
- ASD Memorandum #113 - FY 2014-2015 Proposed Financial Plan (Second Reading)
- ASD Memorandum #113 - FY 2014-2015 Proposed Financial Plan and Budget (First Reading)
The preliminary budget was presented to the Anchorage School Board on Jan. 23, 2014
Proposed reductions for 2014-15
Download the news release (PDF) and list of proposed reductions
|Classroom instruction||FTE position |
|Reduction due to decreased enrollment||(44.0)||
Enrollment down ~2% this year, projected to be slightly lower next year
Change in Pupil‐Teacher Ratio (approx 1) 38‐classroom; 5‐PE/Health, 4 ‐Music/Art; proportional reductions
|Middle schools||(35.0)||Reduce 2 planning sections a day to 1 (1 planning section per day remains across divisions), maintain class size and course
offerings to the extent possible; adjust pupil teacher ratio
|High schools & alternative schools||(17.0)
|Adjust pupil‐teacher ratio, move to 6/7 schedule to maintain class size and course offerings to the extent possible, match
federal funding reductions in JROTC. Number adjusted by board on final vote, Feb. 20, 2014.
|Instructional support||FTE position |
|Special Education transition coordinators||(8.0)||Realignment|
|Special Education teachers||4.0||Realignment|
|Special Education secretarial||(4.0)||Realignment for decentralized services|
|Special Education audiology teacher||(0.5)||Vacant position|
|Special Education teacher assistant||(2.0)||Realignment|
|Realignment to general counseling pool. Number adjusted by board on final vote, Feb. 20, 2014.|
|Highly gifted counselors||(2.0)||Realignment to general counseling pool|
|Gifted support at middle schools||(2.0)||Reductions parallel pupil-teacher-ratio adjustments|
|Building leadership & support||FTE position |
Manage vacancies and attrition
|Building/ancillary support services||FTE position |
|Districtwide support/central administration||FTE position |
|Professional Learning restructuring||(3.5)||
Restructure Professional Learning Department
|Health Services||(2.5)||Realignment, training services outsourced for 1; 1 vacant position, shift to grant for 0.5|
|Information Technology||(7.5)||Realignment and elimination of vacant positions|
|Purchasing||(2.0)||Realignment, shift 1 FTE to capital funding for capital project support|
|GRAND TOTAL STAFF REDUCTIONS||(200.3)
|Number adjusted by board on final vote, Feb. 20, 2014.|
|High school swim classes||(270,000)||Reduce muni rental fee; no impact to Special Education IEP requirements, swim/dive team|
|Sports reductions||(170,000)||Outsourcing of girls' hockey, travel reduction|
|Special Education addenda||(100,000)||Transition from elementary specialized department chairs to general elementary department chairs|
|Shift 3 facilities FTE to capital support||(150,000)||Reflects support of capital project delivery|
|Sub training/incentives||(50,000)||Adequate pool of certificated substitute teachers|
|Fee changes||Fee change||Notes|
|Student activity fees||$100,000||
10% fee increase under review for sports at tiered levels based on cost of sport
|Program enhancements||FTE position |
Enhance online year-round and summer opportunities
Understanding district finances
These increasingly challenging fiscal constraints aren't going away. The budget gap between revenues and expenditures is in the tens of millions of dollars in each year of the foreseeable future.
Learn more about how health care costs are a driving factor in benefits costs increases
Next steps in the 2014-15 budget development process:
Assembly meeting (reading) on proposed budget
Assembly meeting (action) on proposed budget
Jan. 21-April 20
ASD welcomes your input throughout the budget process. Be sure to check our FAQ page where frequently asked questions are addressed.
Thank you to everyone who attended the recent community budget conversations and submitted comments online.
Get follow-up from the meetings and download the report »