Join the Conversation About the School Budget
December 21, 2016
Parents, students, community members, and staff are encouraged to share their thoughts on what they value in public education.
With flat education funding and standard inflation and cost of living increases, the District starts each budget process at a deficit. For next school year, the District will build a budget proposal that closes an estimated $15 million gap between revenues and expenditures.
“Our work is focused on students and their success,” said Dr. Deena Paramo, ASD Superintendent. “The district’s budget proposal will demonstrate that focus and align our efforts to make progress toward our Destination 2020 goals.”
Dr. Paramo and the Anchorage School Board are asking for community members to share their thoughts and offer a variety of ways to participate.
An online survey will help the District collect feedback on what is considered most valuable, where efficiencies can be made, and gather other thoughts on the budget process and public education. Participate in the survey.
There will be two community open houses where attendees will receive information about the District’s funding and expenses, have an opportunity to ask questions, and offer feedback.
The open house meetings will take place from 6-8 p.m. on the assigned dates.
- Tuesday, Jan. 10 – Eagle River High School
- Wednesday, Jan. 11 – ASD Education Center, also live-streamed online
The Anchorage School Board welcomes public testimony at its meetings. Board meetings are held twice per month at the ASD Education Center. The board meeting schedule and information on how to sign up to testify is available online. The School Board’s budget readings and votes are schedule to take place at the Feb. 6 and 21 meetings.
The School Board also encourages Anchorage community members to share their thoughts on public education funding with state legislators as they develop the state’s budget and associated education funding.