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Anchorage School Board approves budget for next school year

Budget amends original proposal to add middle school elective planning time and development of more world languages

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 2015-16 Proposed Budget

 

 2015-16 Preliminary Budget

 

 Assembly Memo 114-2015

 

 

February 20, 2015

 

The Anchorage School Board approved the superintendent’s 2015-16 budget proposal for next school year, with two amendments, at its meeting last night. Superintendent Ed Graff said the budget focuses on the district’s Destination 2020 goals and increases staffing levels in schools in order to best support students and increase academic achievement.

 

The budget includes the use of $17 million in reserve funds to address a projected budget gap and prevent hundreds of position eliminations.


In addition to the superintendent’s original proposal, last night the board also added 20 full-time-equivalent positions in order to reinstate a second planning period for middle school elective teachers, and 1.5 full-time-equivalent positions to provide community outreach and development of Chinese and French language offerings at the elementary school level. The positions will be funded with money that was initially intended to go toward a technology refresh to replace aging school staff computers. Approximately one-third of the funding for the technology refresh remains available for staff equipment next year.


The approved budget adds a total of 64.8 full-time equivalent teaching positions, which includes 20 middle school teachers, 1.5 world language development teachers, 22.2 teachers across the district to cover projected enrollment changes and adjusted teacher allocations, and 21.1 charter school teachers, respectively.


Other adjustments to next year’s budget include a new charter school/alternative program director position, a Human Resources position, funds for curriculum software, upgrades and assessment reporting, the elimination of four central administration positions and one ancillary support position, and reduced funding for broadband and fuel.

 

 

First Quarter Budget Review

FY 2014-15 Year End Projections (excludes SOA on-behalf payments)

 

2014-15 first quarter budget review graphic

 

*Does not include charter school FTE

**Other aggregate salary accounts include:

Directors

Addenda Accounts

Nurses

Curriculum Specialists

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Sick Leave Bank

Librarians

Principals

Teachers (elem., sec., voc., ed)

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Counselors

Recruitment incentive

Custodians

Safety/Security Specialists

 

 

School board notes

ASD has a Teacher Gap, not a Surplus

Paper with penAnchorage School Board President Eric Croft offers his perspective on the current budget situation in a letter to the community.

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Timeline

2015-16 budget timeline

  

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