budget cuts

School Board Ponders 234 Jobs Lost

Mar 5, 2019

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is asking for a lot of public engagement this month as it works toward an April 1 deadline to submit a budget for next year. The Board of Education held a worksession last night, the latest in a series of meetings to work on a spending plan shadowed by  anticipated big reductions from both the state and the borough.


Elected Leaders of both the Fairbanks North Star Borough and City of Fairbanks said Wednesday that they and their staffs are studying how they'll deal with what Gov. Mike Dunleavy's calls “massive” funding cuts to municipalities contained in his proposed budget.

There are eight vacancies for Village Public Safety Officers in Interior Alaska Villages.

Governor Mike Dunleavy has proposed pulling back three million dollars in unspent money for the VPSO program to help pay for larger Permanent Fund Dividends, among other items. The proposal is in Senate Bill 39.

 

 

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.


Fairbanks city voters turned down a ballot proposition Tuesday that would’ve authorized property tax increases to make up for reduced state funding.

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

The Delta Greely School District wants to get rid of an old, unused schoolhouse on Fort Greely. But it can’t afford to demolish the structure, and the Army and state government have turned down requests by the district to pay those costs. So district officials took their case to Congress.


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The University of Alaska Fairbanks will open the doors of its new engineering building Saturday to give the public a peek inside the gleaming glass and steel structure. Visitors can check out the engineering-on-display lab on the first floor, where construction work has been completed. But the rest of the six-story structure is still a work in progress. And workers are hustling to complete the project by the end of the year.


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Permanent Fund earnings are one of the few means of paying for state government if oil prices remain depressed. There’s $7 billion in the Permanent Fund earnings reserve account, money left over after paying annual dividends and inflation proofing the fund. Tapping any money related to the Permanent Fund is highly controversial, but as KUAC’s Dan Bross reports a longtime Alaska economist says it’s time to take a serious look at using fund earnings to get through tough financial times brought on by low oil prices.

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Outgoing University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers is dispelling rumors that illness forced his recent decision to retire this summer. Chancellor Rogers, who was also a candidate to become the new president of the University of Alaska system, spoke during a wide ranging campus forum Tuesday.  KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

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