Fairbanks Borough schools are facing a budget challenge. That was one of the messages from North Star Borough District Superintendent Pete Lewis in a “state of the schools” address to the Fairbanks Chamber of commerce Tuesday. Lewis described the $206 million operating budget as unsustainable.
Lewis said those decisions will be made by the school board and administration with input from the public. He attributes the budget problem to rising costs and a reliance this year on one time funds.
Lewis says the district needs to work away from up and down, year to year budgeting. He says a series of public budget forums will be held around the district next month to identify funding priorities.
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