The Kodiak Island Borough School District on Thursday reported that it was recommending that $11.17 million request approved by the Kodiak Board of Education for the fiscal 2015 school budget “stand without adjustment.”
School District officials said its $11,171,800 contribution remained the same even after the Alaska State Legislature wrangled over its budget negotiations and even came in some $200,000 under spending caps.
On Monday, the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education adopted a $51.25 million budget for fiscal year 2015, although the Alaska Legislature revised its funding formulas for Alaska’s school districts in between the meetings of the various Kodiak budgetary panels.
These changes from the state level will amount to the school district having to align its funding sources, although they were optimistic that funding levels would actually come in lower than current spending caps.
“Monday night the local board of education approved that request of $11,171,800. That dollar amount stands and again it falls over $200,000 under the cap, which means there’s maximum allowable of an additional $200,000 that we’re not requesting at this point,” Chief Business Officer Lisa Pearce of the Kodiak Island Borough School District told the Mirror.
In a memo, Pearce added, “With this level of local funding we will be able to maintain current staffing levels for both certified and classified employees as well as maintain adequate non-personnel funding.”
Schools Superintendent Stewart MacDonald said the agreement between the Board of Education on Monday and a possible Borough acceptance of the school district request could ease the way forward to get ready for the coming school year.
The school board must present a final budget proposal to the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly by May 1, but school officials told the Mirror that if a final appropriation from the Borough Assembly comes and the governor signs the budget by June, it could then submit an initial balanced budget. “This is a marking point for us to move forward and complete our hiring and do what we need to do to get ready for next year,” MacDonald said.