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.
The idea of libraries serving youth is a relatively recent concept, especially given that libraries have been around for nearly 4,000 years. Although some public libraries had children’s books in their collections in the 1800s, most of them didn’t allow youth in the reading rooms. It wasn’t until mandatory schooling and child labor laws passed at the end of the century that libraries started building collections for the young.
In his first full school year on the job, Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff has no plans to make sweeping changes to the district’s direction.
Want to get your youngster enrolled in Head Start? Now’s your chance. The Head Start program at Chugiak’s CCS Early Learning has 10 spots available for the coming school year, which starts Wednesday, Sept. 4.