Miller wants Assembly to ante up additional funding for activities

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau School District Superintendent Mark Miller played his favorite game while a guest on Action Thursday which he calls "Guess My Budget."

    He brought along his magic eight ball to provide the answers.

    When asked if the Legislature would improve a one hundred dollar hike in the base student allocation, the eight ball replied, "Very doubtful."

    Will the Assembly fund the district to the local cap?  The ball said, "Yes, definitely."

    Third, will the Assembly provide about $1.4 Million for activities outside of the local cap?  That would represent a $600,000 increase over current year spending.  The eight ball offered no answer for to that question.

    Miller said that extra funding would make a big difference.

    With the additional CBJ funding, he said he could avoid sending out pink slips to some employees again this year.

    Miller says if general funds have to be used to keep activities alive, there are three para educator positions will have to be cut according to the way they have it on the books right now.  "That would be the first time since I've been here that we actually have to send out a pink slip to somebody because of a budget issue," Miller said

    The superintendent refused to send out pink slips last year even though the majority in the State Senate was clamouring for a five percent reduction in the education budget.

    The School Board conducts a special meeting Tuesday evening to take up the administration's prioritzed spending list and approve a budget plan for next school year that must be submitted to the Assembly by the end of the month.

     

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