Juneau schools list facility priorities

Juneau Board of Education President Brian Holst.

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A list of seven projects were presented at a joint meeting of the CBJ Assembly and the Juneau Board of Education.

The list included one new project added this year, $500,000 for a roof repair project at Floyd Dryden Middle School.

The returning items include $1.5 million for a partial roof replacement at Sayeik: Gastineau Community School, $1.75 million for a roof replacement at Dzantiki Heeni Middle School, $2 million for a roof replacement at Riverbend Elementary School, and $500,000 for a roof repair at Juneau-Douglas High School.

Other projects include $31 million to renovate Marie Drake, Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School and Montessori Alternative School first constructed in 1965, and $20 million for a renovation of Mendenhall River Community School.

Board President Brian Holst said they have not formally requested more funds from the city because they understood the CBJ had set a limit at $1 million from sales tax revenue.

In the past the schools has benefited from the Alaska State School Reimbursement Program.  In those years the state often repair between 60-70% of the cost toward capitol improvements in schools.  Due to funding cuts and fiscal problems the district has not received money from this program in recent years.  The state recently extended a moratorium on funding through this program for five years.

Assembly member Maria Gladziszewski asked the group when should the Assembly stop waiting for the state and can they expect to get money from the state. 

"I don't think the Mendenhall River roof can last five years.  You can't do that on $1 million in sales taxes and do all the other stuff.  It is time to sit down, take a look at that, and make decisions as quickly as we can," Jones added.

Jones said if they don't repair the roofs on school building it will lead to larger problems like mold and structural problems.

 

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