School districts all around the state including the one in Juneau are anxiously awaiting final legislative action on the budget for next fiscal year and specifically the proposal for a $50 increase in the Base Student Allocation
School districts all around the state including the one in Juneau are anxiously awaiting final legislative action on the budget for next fiscal year and specifically the proposal for a $50 increase in the Base Student Allocation. But that's no longer a sure thing, according to Juneau School District Superintendent Mark Miller, who says its too late to make layoffs:
"Here's a problem and it's what I was trying to explain to the legislature. We already have all of our contracts out for next year. We had to commit at this point to all teachers to bring them back by statue. So we can't lay people off at this point for next year, because we've already promised them jobs. It really put the school districts at this late point in a very difficult financial situation."
Miller outlined what is going on with the 50 dollar B-S-A increase proposal:
"The whole time both the Senate Finance and the House Finance have said we're going to keep the 50 dollar B-S-A that's in law right now in. There was no discussion about cutting. Then somehow when they did the conference committee on the second to last day, they decided they would go ahead and cut the 50 dollar B-S-A and move that forward as part of the overall bill, but the overall bill didn't pass the House, so it died. Now they're back to square one which means what the original committee recommendations to keep the 50 dollars that's currently written into law in there."
Meanwhile, on a positive note, the local Assembly has agreed to fund the school district to the local cap.
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