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ASD Holds First Community Budget Meeting

By Garrett Turner, Investigative Environmental Reporter, gturner@ktuu.com
Published On: Nov 06 2013 12:00:00 AM AKST
Updated On: Nov 06 2013 11:18:37 PM AKST
ASD Holds First Public Budget Meeting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

On Wednesday evening at Clark Middle School the Anchorage School District asked the community to chime in on its projected $49 million budget deficit over the next two years.

"It's really our first opportunity for the community to provide us with some input and what we value in our education," Supt. Ed Graff said.

The district's deficit looks to be a costly one that will force Graff to make some tough decisions in the near future.

"When you look at our historical trend we've had a declining revenue as well as a flat enrollment and with that you're going to have some challenges," Graff said. "When you have 80 to 85 percent of your costs being staff or people there will have to be reductions in that area."

The next community budget conversation will be tomorrow at Gruening Middle School at 6PM and there will also be one Saturday at Hanshew Middle School at 1PM.