Assembly supports additional funds for schools

    CBJ Assemblymember Wade Bryson.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau School District could get the funds because student enrollment was higher than expected.

    An ordinance introduced at Monday's Assembly Meeting did not come without debate.

    Assemblymember Wade Bryson made a motion to send the proposal back to the Finance Committee for further review.  He mentioned the economic situation being caused by the novel coronavirus.

    His motion failed.

    Other Assemblymembers said they will consider the funding when it is the subject of a public hearing next month.

    The district would receive $1.22 million more in state revenue and an increase of $279,500 in CBJ funding.

    Juneau schools also will receive $16,000 as a supplemental grant in the PFD Education Raffle Fund.

    In the ordinance, the CBJ also would agree to provide $300,000 more to fund Kinder Ready.

    The total increase in expenditures authorized in the ordinance introduced by the Assembly is $1,811,100.  $1,231,600 is funded with state revenue and $579,500 is funded from local general government revenues.

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