Superintendent of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District responds to next year's education budget

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Governor Dunleavy outlined Alaska's budget recently, giving the Department of Education and Early Development a $10.4 million budget.

Superintendent Gaborik says she's feeling "cautiously optimistic" (Carly Sjordal, KTVF)

This comes after a letter from the school district to the governor's office asking for full funding earlier this month.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Superintendent Karin Gaborik says that she is feeling cautiously optimistic. She says this is "unexpected," as most programs were being cut in Alaska. Gaborik feared the school district would follow.

According to the Superintendent, Governor Dunleavy has previously stated that he never planned to cut K-12 education. Gaborik also anticipates more communication between the governor and the school district.

Although K-12 will be fully funded, Gaborik points out that the School District is losing money due to this budget decision. "What's not there is the supplemental funding that we've received the last two years. Statewide, last year was $20 million statewide, which was $2 million to Fairbanks. This year, it was $30 million statewide which was $3 million to Fairbanks, right? And that court case just came out, that decision was made. So that's not included. So it's actually a $3 million dollar cut in revenue to Fairbanks. So I think that's an important piece,” said Gaborik.

Gaborik's proposed budget for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is due February 1 of 2020. The board then will discuss the proposed budget, make amendments, and present it in front of the borough assembly April 1.

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