by Robert Woolsey, KCAW | Apr 21, 2020 | Local News
The Sitka School Board will hold its final budget hearing Wednesday night (4-22-20), with at least two members interested in making major program cuts. The numbers for next year are actually showing a surplus of just over $40,000. The question is: Should Sitka start making painful decisions now, rather than making them next year, when state and local governments are likely to be even more strapped for cash?
The Sitka School District is within $700,000 of having a balanced budget for the next school year -- a significant contrast from the budgeting picture this time last year. A member of the public referred to it as “the nicest deficit we’ve had in several years.”
An unexpected break from the city’s insurance carrier has left the Sitka School District with some extra cash -- enough to preserve 4 teaching jobs, and 4 staff and admin jobs that were due to be cut.