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Kenai schools brace for cuts

By Dave Detling 11:10 PM February 19, 2014

KPBSD dealing with $4.5 million budget gap

SOLDOTNA – The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is facing a budget deficit of $4.5 million for the 2014-2015 school year.

The district said it’s working to avoid staff layoffs. If the state funding doesn’t come through, however, 10 positions will be eliminated.

“We’re optimistic that we’ll get more funding than what we budgeted for,” said district superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater. “But until that money comes through we’re in a holding pattern.”

The district wouldn’t go into detail about the positions in jeopardy, only that they could include teacher, administrative staff and coaches.

KPBSD oversees 44 schools and is currently working with reserved money.

“We’re in a better position than most districts,” Atwater said. “The real problem is a year from now when that money isn’t there.”

The district point a to state’s student allocation funds, adding budget shortfalls could be fixed with increased support of $200 per student.

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