The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly
will vote tomorrow on the minimum level of funding for education. After
$854,000 in cuts, the Kodiak
Island Borough School District is hoping that the borough
will fund to the $10.3 million cap. The school district's budget is about a
half million more than last year's though- as school officials say- it's not
nearly enough to cover increasing costs.
this year's session, legislators decided against increasing the base student
allocation. The BSA is money allocated per pupil for three years. As a kind of
compromise they awarded schools one-time funding for transportation, vocational
education and to take some of the financial burden off boroughs across the
Borton is the president of the school board. She says the money is needed but
so is consistency.
state came out very early on not sounding like they were willing to increase
the base student allocation but were looking at one-time funding. Well,
one-time funding is good to some extent. It does give us money that we need at
this time, but it doesn't give us any long term planning."
funding from the borough is another issue. Since 2009 the assembly has voted to
flat fund the school district. With inflation and increased costs, flat funding
essentially translates to less money for teachers.
we continue on the road of flat funding, we'll be having these discussions
every year. So, from our perspective we are looking at long term planning.
We're looking at Kodiak's instructional model right now and what does the
community for education and how can we deliver that with the reduced funding
that we're getting every year."
this year parents of Main Elementary students had to address the possibility of
their school closing. The school district was wrestling with a $3.5 million budget
shortfall. After a month of worry, the threat of Main closing went away. School
officials learned that some additional funding from the Legislature would be
coming, though not enough to cover the entire shortfall. Some community members
were upset over the panic it caused, but Borton says these kinds of things are
our perspective we have to look at all options of, "What are we going to do if
we end up in April if we end up with a $3.5 million shortfall?" We have to come
up with some pretty aggressive means to reduce the budget. Main
was simply something we were talking about at that time because their budget
was roughly around $3 million. It's certainly not a fun conversation to have. I
can't even sit here today and tell you that it's not going to come back up
can find a link to the school district's proposed FY 13 budget on our website