Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Sara Tabbert

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board decided Monday to ask voters this fall to approve a $27.7 million bond package to pay for roof repairs and electrical upgrades to district facilities. The board also took one last look at next year’s $238 million district budget before considering final approval tonight.


The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board of Education approved a proposal Monday to keep elementary and high school class sizes from getting any bigger next year. The school board’s action also means about 19 teachers won’t be getting pink slips next week after all.


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The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly on Thursday approved a nearly $166 million budget for another year, after amending it to keep the Mary Siah Recreation Center open for the year and solid-waste transfer sites open seven days a week. The budget also allocates $50 million for the school district.


The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly approved a resolution Thursday stating it will provide at least $48 million to the school district in the coming school year. That’s $2 million less than district officials had requested. But the substitute resolution introduced by Matt Cooper is $7 million more than the $41 million called-for in an original minimum-funding measure introduced by Mayor Karl Kassel.

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board of Education on Wednesday narrowly approved the administration’s recommended $232 million budget for next school year. That’s 3.3 percent or about $8 million lower than this year’s budget, mainly due to anticipated cuts in both borough and state funding and a slight drop in enrollment. It would require the district to increase class sizes and cut nearly 50 jobs, and sharply cut back on sports and other activities – unless the Assembly and Legislature come through with more funding.


A man who allegedly shot one person and fired on another Tuesday in Fairbanks is in custody.

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Anchorage high school students will get a chance this year to learn about the work African-American soldiers did 75 years ago to help build the Alaska Highway. The retired educator who led the effort to get the district to teach that lesson says it’s important that Alaska students learn about this important part of their state’s history. KUAC’s Tim Ellis reports.


School Board Mulls K-8 Plan

May 24, 2017
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Board is rethinking a plan to transition some schools to kindergarten through 8th grade. The model was discussed at a school board meeting last night, and as KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, several board members are considering putting off the transition in light of uncertain funding.

Badger Voted Out

Apr 19, 2017
Badger Road Elementary PTA

The Badger Road Elementary school in North Pole will transition to a new name this summer. The Fairbanks North Star School District board voted Tuesday to rename the school Midnight Sun Elementary, but as KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, the board nearly backed away from changing the Badger name, which links the school to a pedophile.

School Board Eliminates Grad Tests

Feb 8, 2017
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Fairbanks High School seniors scheduled to graduate this spring won’t need to take a college entrance exam. At its meeting last (Tues.) night, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board revamped its graduation requirements. As KUAC’s Robert Hannon reports, the board also heard from some educators unhappy with a new model of personalized learning.

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