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Anchorage School Board approves amended budget

By KTVA CBS 11 News 10:29 PM February 20, 2014

Vote 7-0

ANCHORAGE – In a 7-0 vote, the Anchorage School Board unanimously approved an amended budget for the 2014-2015 school year Thursday night.

Thanks to some creative accounting, the district saved a handful of  jobs. However, it’s still bad news for dozens of others.

Two hundred people will get pink slips, including more than 100 teachers.

After hearing from many concerned parents and students over the past few weeks, the school board is restoring 19  positions as part of an amendment added to the budget before it was passed.

ASD Superintendent Ed Graff proposed an amendment to bring back 16 teachers at four different high schools. The board was hesitant, saying it was a temporary fix, but ultimately voted to use nearly $2 million in reserve funds to restore those jobs, plus three English language learner counselor positions.

Those 200 employees, however, are still facing the chopping block.

Another big change is that high schools will no longer have to move from a six- to seven-period schedule, which was initially proposed.

The board said they’re now facing a $21 million budget shortfall instead of the original $23 million.

In the coming weeks, the school board will finalize the list to figure out which schools will be impacted. The last step in the process is getting final approval from the Anchorage Assembly, which will happen in March.

 

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