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School budget proposal includes teacher cuts, schedule shift

By KTVA CBS 11 News 2:27 PM January 21, 2014

The budget proposal also calls for a $1.3 million supply spending cut

ANCHORAGE – A $566 million Anchorage School District budget proposal would cut 159 classroom positions and shift local high schools to a seven-period schedule.

The budget — unveiled Tuesday by ASD Superintendent Ed Graff — would close a $23 million shortfall with a 10 percent student fee increase and across-the-board staff cuts. Besides the classroom positions, the proposed budget would slash counseling and administrative positions for a total of 219 position cuts. The district noted 44 teaching position cuts were due to decreased enrollment.

The budget proposal also calls for a $1.3 million supply spending cut and $170,000 in high school sports spending cuts, including funding for girls’ hockey and out-of-district travel.

“These reductions are unprecedented, unlike anything I’ve seen in my 23 years with the Anchorage School District,” Graff said. “For the last two years we’ve faced gaps of $19-20 million — this year we face a $23 million budget gap.”

There’s still time to weigh in on the proposed budget. Public hearings and votes will be held Monday, Feb. 3 and Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the ASD Education Center boardroom.

Click here to view the proposal.

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