Holst talks about possible re-election to school board and budget reductions on Action Line

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau School Board President Brian Holst is up for re-election this Fall.

    He was asked about his intentions while a guest on Action Line.   "My intentions.  That's a great question.  I'm certainly inclined to run again, but that's something I need to think about."    

    Holst added that he's had a wonderful six years on the board.  "Is the work ever done?  No!  Would it help for me to be there another three more years?   Maybe.  Maybe it's time for somebody else.  I need to think on that, but right now I'm just focused on this year and the good work that the school district is able to do despite headwinds against it."

    Those headwinds include what's proposed for state spending on education next fiscal year.  "I'm disappointed.  The resources we're getting I don't think reflects what our community needs and what our state needs, and wants, and expects from our schools."  

    Holst added that on face value they are given a proposed funding level that brings them back to Fiscal Year 2017.  "By 2017 we had already cut a couple of hundred positions from our school district and we're going back to that time and we're just going to have to cut further."

    The School Board will take up the budget during its regular meeting next Tuesday evening and during a special meeting next Thursday evening.

    It must submit its budget plan to the Assembly by the end of the month.  It will amend the district's spending plans once the level of state and local funding is known.

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