Today, January 28, 2019, legislation was introduced that would repeal a 2018-2019 appropriation of $20 million to K-12 public education in Alaska. Assistant Superintendent Jones emailed this letter to our Kenai Peninsula Senators Micciche and Stevens late today. This is how these already appropriated funds of $1.4 million were allocated in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
January 28, 2019
Good Afternoon Senators,
I have attached the OMB Change Record Detail page reducing $20 million appropriated to DEED for distribution to Alaskan School Districts in FY2019. The attachment also includes a page that shows the estimated effect to each district that DEED School Finance issued last May.
“On the Kenai, we budgeted this as $1.4 Million of General Fund Revenue and we reinstated 11.5 FTE teaching positions as well as 3 days for many of our support personnel that had previously been reduced from our budget. We have been employing and paying those folks since the start of the school year in August!”
KPBSD is currently running a deficit General Fund budget that requires us to spend approximately $675,000 in fund balance. We cannot afford to be forced to spend an additional $1.4 million dollars in fund balance.
It is my understanding that OMB Director Donna Arduin will be addressing Supplemental Budget Legislation with Senate Finance at 9:00 AM tomorrow morning, Tuesday, January 29, 2019. In Section 12(1) of SB 39, $21,800,000 is being appropriated from the School Fund. I believe that amount includes the $20 Million dollar reduction to school districts indicated in the attached Change Record Detail.
I am requesting your support in opposition to this repeal of the FY2019 one-time funding.
Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in this matter. Thank you for your support.
KPBSD will inspire all learners to pursue their dreams in a rigorous, relevant and responsive environment.
- Curious how the $20 million affects school districts: FY19 $20 million onetime education grant to school districts distributed based on projected ADM
- The Legislature and KPBSD webpage
- June 4, 2018 Board of Education meeting: One-time FY19 grant funding from state allocation to KPBSD