School Board’s Final Budget Softens Proposed Reductions

Before giving final approval to next year’s budget, the Anchorage School Board last night dug deeper into the district’s fund balance reserves and increased class sizes in order to restore some programs and support positions previously marked for cutting.

The board’s final changes to its 2011-2012 General fund or operating budget reflects an onslaught of public comment. As happened during last week’s first reading of the budget, public testimony lasted over two hours, with the same proposed cuts receiving the bulk of the attention.

One was the administration’s reduction of the middle school athletic program from six to three weeks per sport and removing inter-school competition. Chugach High student Kody Trombley, said without middle school athletics he wouldn’t be in wrestling and football. And much of the personal and team work skills he learned early came from inter-school, not intramural competition.

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

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