School districts all around the state including the one in Juneau are anxiously awaiting final legislative action on the budget for next fiscal year and specifically the proposal for a $50 increase in the Base Student Allocation
School districts all around the state including the one in Juneau are anxiously awaiting final legislative action on the budget for next fiscal year and specifically the proposal for a $50 increase in the Base Student Allocation. But that's no longer a sure thing, according to Juneau School District Superintendent Mark Miller, who says its too late to make layoffs:
"Here's a problem and it's what I was trying to explain to the legislature. We already have all of our contracts out for next year. We had to commit at this point to all teachers to bring them back by statue. So we can't lay people off at this point for next year, because we've already promised them jobs. It really put the school districts at this late point in a very difficult financial situation."
Miller outlined what is going on with the 50 dollar B-S-A increase proposal:
"The whole time both the Senate Finance and the House Finance have said we're going to keep the 50 dollar B-S-A that's in law right now in. There was no discussion about cutting. Then somehow when they did the conference committee on the second to last day, they decided they would go ahead and cut the 50 dollar B-S-A and move that forward as part of the overall bill, but the overall bill didn't pass the House, so it died. Now they're back to square one which means what the original committee recommendations to keep the 50 dollars that's currently written into law in there."
Meanwhile, on a positive note, the local Assembly has agreed to fund the school district to the local cap.
More from News of the North
20-percent of Alaskan schools need help
Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) A new accountability system found one in five Alaskan schools need additional support.
Tazlina to start in May
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The Alaska Marine Highway System predicts the Tazlina will operate in the Lynn Canal.
Von Bargen: A population drop in Wrangell?
Wrangell, Alaska (KINY) - The City and Borough of Wrangell has received the annual state population determination for the community from the Division of Community & Regional Affairs.
Petersburg Assembly will look to buy a new baler
Petersburg, Alaska (KINY) - The Petersburg Borough Assembly will meet Tuesday in open session.
Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 OT
Kansas City, Mo (AP) - The New England Patriots are headed to their third straight Super Bowl, once more thanks to Tom Brady's brilliance.
Capital Transit shifts to winter routes today
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Capital Transit is implementing winter route changes until midnight tonight.
Juneau football, other teams name new mascot
Juneau, Alaska (AP) - High school athletic teams here in Juneau are getting a new mascot for three sports.
Traffic crash claims life in Palmer
Palmer, Alaska (KINY) A 75 year old female died in a multi vehicle crash.
Man kills polar bear outside animals' normal range
Fairbanks, Alaska (AP) - A northeast Alaska man says he fatally shot a polar bear far south of the animal's usual habitat.
Sen. Murkowski works over weekend on Trump border plan
Washington, D.C. (KINY) - Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Saturday and made a statement about the proposed border wall funding.
Anxiety in Anchorage as endless aftershocks rattle residents
Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - There have been more than 7,800 aftershocks since the main earthquake struck 7 miles north of Anchorage.
Food bank will open doors to federal employees
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Southeast Alaska Food Bank will open its doors Monday for furloughed federal government workers.