Budget proposal from Fairbanks school district includes 243 cut jobs, increased class sizes

Published: Jan. 28, 2021 at 5:37 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District sent out a press release Thursday evening outlining the proposed budget for the 2021-22 school year.

The proposal in its current form contains $27 million in cuts along with 243 full time employee positions district wide. In the release it states that some of these positions will be cut due to vacancies and retirements, but that others will result in layoffs.

The Board of Education will begin a series of work sessions starting on Monday, February 1 to work through the budget details. Budget informational work sessions will continue over the next several weeks with the Board taking action the week of March 22. The Board’s recommended budget is due to the Borough Assembly by April 1.

According to the release, revenue shortfalls have occurred due to decreased enrollment of almost 2000 students and the transfer of an additional 650 students from brick and mortar schools to the BEST correspondence program. Resulting in not only the estimated General Fund loss of $6 million in revenue during the current school year, but an additional revenue decrease of $13 million for the 2021-22 school year.

In a message to staff and families, Superintendent Gaborik said, “In a year that has already been unimaginably challenging, I am sorry to bring you such discouraging budget news on top of everything else. Even though we knew it was coming as we watched the impacts of COVID-19 on our district, the realities of those impacts are now upon us as we endeavor to maintain high quality programs next year in the face of huge funding losses. Please know that I will do everything I can to support our school district community as we work through the budget process together over the next few months.”

The full budget proposal is available here.

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