For years, the process for public testimony at Anchorage School Board work sessions and meetings was to give members of the community a certain amount of time to testify in-person in front of the board.

During Monday's work session from 4 to 6 p.m., the school board will take a more informal approach.

Both people in attendance or watching online may ask a question and have it answered during the meeting. Those watching online can email the school board with questions, which will pop up on a screen at the meeting in real-time.

"I'm really excited about this," school board president Starr Marsett said. "I really feel people are going to like this."

The school board wants to keep the focus on budget questions this week and if all goes well, more informal sessions may follow in the future. ASD Superintendent Dr. Deena Bishop said the idea is to engage the community in conversation.

"If there is anyone out there in the public who would like to engage with the board or administration and talk about the budget and have their questions answered back and forth, it's more of an informal time," she said.

More information on the fiscal year 2019-2020 budget is available on the ASD website

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