School district seeks public opinion on budget

Meeting set for tonight at Gruening Middle School


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The Anchorage School District is starting the budget process for the 2014-15 school year — and its wants the public to weigh in.

A meeting will be held today (Thursday, Nov. 7) at Gruening Middle School at 6 p.m.

The district is looking to cut $20 million to $25 million from the budget for next year, ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley said. The meeting will give the public a forum to share its thoughts on where the cuts should come from.

“This meeting is really to provide some feedback to the school board of what road they should go down,” Embley said.

During the meeting, the audience will be asked a series of questions, she said, and their answers will be projected on a screen. Small group discussions on a variety of topics will also take place, Embley said.

While the budget is the main focus, other issues — such as teachers, programs, class size — will be discussed, Embley said.

In the past, ASD held public meetings after the budget was nearly completed, Embley said. The district is hoping that getting public input early in the process will give the school board constructive criticism rather than receiving complaints about specific cuts, she said.

“We’re hoping that these meetings will provide a lot of value to the board,” Embley said.

The first of three meetings was held Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Clark Middle School. The final meeting is set for Saturday, Nov. 9 at Hanshew Middle School at 1 p.m.

The district would like those planning on attending to let it know which meeting they’ll be going to. To RSVP, visit www.asdk12.org/budget/community.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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