The approval was delayed from last month, when the school district put the final touches on its budget after receiving an unexpected boost from the Kodiak Island Borough Assembly.
“Because of the way the budget session ended and everybody’s travel session, it didn’t’ feel appropriate to move this forward at the June work session when we had fewer board members present,” said schools superintendent Stewart McDonald.
The school board voted unanimously to approve the $47.6 million budget, which calls for the elimination of two educational technologists, a district-wide counselor, an assessment coordinator, the equivalent of four full-time teachers’ aides, a maintenance mechanic, an administrator and $194,000 in non-personnel budgets.
The cuts were required to balance the last bits of a $3.5 million deficit forecast earlier this year. Additional funding from the state of Alaska and the Kodiak Island borough made up the remainder of the deficit.
In other business Monday, the school board heard a report from architect Tony Yorba on the progress of the Kodiak High School expansion and renovation project.
Yorba revealed the latest timeline and budget for the project. According to Yorba’s presentation, $60 million has been budgeted for construction and an additional $16 million for “other” costs.
Under the timeline Yorba discussed, a 95 percent certain cost estimate will be unveiled on Aug. 2. Construction drawings will be complete by about Oct. 1, and early construction is scheduled to begin Feb. 1, 2013. Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2015.
In other business, the school board:
• learned from McDonald that construction at East Elementary has slowed and will continue through the fall;
• was told that a new principal will be hired at East Elementary within the next month or so, filling the role left by Paul Kubena;
• renewed its agreement with the Kodiak Football League through June 30, 2013;
• approved contracts for virtual learning educational technologist Anthony White and school psychologist Nievecitas V. McGuire.