by Christine Kim
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Anchorage School District's spending plan for next year was approved by the Assembly Tuesday night.
The $789 million revised budget includes an additional $1 million to keep 12 elementary teaching positions. Twenty-nine teaching positions will still be cut through attrition.
The budget also asked for an increase in local taxes to pay for school resource officers and bus passes.
The approved version includes $234 million from local property taxes
ASD Superintendent Carol Comeau says it's a balanced budget and was optimistic that the Assembly would pass it.
"I think it's fair, and of course there are issues that we could always use more to enhance our programs, but we've really tried to enhance where we could to really use our stimulus funding and our grant funding that we've been very successful getting, in a way that really enhances our instructional program," she said earlier Tuesday.