Education Funding in Flux


An hour of sometimes emotional public testimony was the order of Tuesday's night's meeting of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board.
Many of those who attended the meeting are being directly affected by possible cuts aimed at balancing the much publicized and tenuous school budget.
School Superintendent Pete Lewis says "no stone is being left unturned," and that includes increasing class size, something he calls a definite possibility.
On a number of occasions, school board and staff argued about what could be done to make changes.
The school board has until May 22 to approve and adopt the 2013–2014 school budget.
Two more meetings, including one on May 6th are scheduled to continue working on possible options.
During the meeting, Lewis said "As President (Kristina) Brophy mentioned, we face difficult decisions. And based on that number that we received Saturday night, late, we put together a budget proposal to try to bring the budget into balance so that you would have time for consideration for that. As you know, we are scheduled to adopt the budget on May 22nd. But we still have much work to do between now and then, in terms of what will ultimately be the local contribution, and also what will our budget be, and what will we decide to include or not include in the budget."