Budget revision and food service contract to highlight school board agenda

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A budget revision for the current school year is before the Juneau School Board during Tuesday's meeting.

    Between state funding of additional students and forfeited retirement funds the revision amounts to over $1,127,000.

    Board member Jeff Short discussed on Action Line how those funds will be used.  He said the school administration has come forth with a list of priorities it would like to see funded.  Two items on the list were identified during the audit process, he said.  They had to do with what auditors felt would be administrative efficiencies if  modernized accounting  and time keeping systems were adopted.

    Also up for action is the food service contract for next school year.  Only the current contractor, NANA Management Services, submitted a bill.
    Meal rates will go up as the result of increases in the consumer price index.

    The board has a choice of continuing with the contractual relationship or have to district provide its own food service program, but Short said its very clear that a district operated program would be a lot more expensive.  

    A work session before the regular meeting deals with the district's partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast.  One topic brought up by Short last year and one he plans to resurrect this year is how good a job the district is doing in channeling students into universities in general and  to UAS in particular.  He said they still have trouble with high school students qualifying for  the entrance placement exams to get into college level classes for English and math.  Short wants to determine where such deficiencies are showing up and what can be done in high school to address them.

    The work session is scheduled to convene at 4:30 and the regular meeting at six.  Both will be held in the library at Thunder Mountain High School.



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