The Anchorage School District faces a $49 million shortfall over the next two years
ANCHORAGE – The Anchorage School Board met with district administrators Monday to discuss $49 million in impending budget cuts.
The cuts will take place over the next two years: Board President Tam Agosti-Gisler said the Anchorage School District already made $18 million in cuts this school year by eliminating teacher support positions. Now, she said the discussion would focus on cuts to the 2014-2015 school year budget.
“Last year, our goal was not to touch the classroom in any way,” Agosti-Gisler said. “We don’t have the luxury this year. So, trying to decide how we go forward, it’s like are we going to rip the Band-Aid off in one swoop or are we going to do it slowly?”
Either way, she said, a Band-Aid is coming off.
The school district is scheduled to host a series of public forums this week to address the coming cuts and gather community feedback.