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Board of Education approves 2019-2020 Recommended Budget

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Board of Education approved the school district 2019-2020 Recommended Budget at a March 20 special meeting in a 7-0 vote. The recommended budget must be transmitted to the Borough Assembly by April 1.


“We approved a budget that will continue to provide a high-quality education to our students,” said School Board President Wendy Dominique. “We are aware of the uncertainties our state is facing and are depending on our legislature to keep their commitment to adequately fund public education.”


The Recommended Budget totals $243,289,090 and represents an increase of $754,171 or 0.3% over the district’s 2018-2019 revised Approved Budget. The Recommended Budget represents a status quo level of services for students and reflects a decrease in projected enrollment, a static level of state funding based on the Base Student Allocation (BSA), and no change to the local contribution from the Fairbanks North Star Borough.


The state budget is yet to be determined and could impact the school district revenues for fiscal year 2019-2020. The district is projecting a decrease of 95 students for a total projected enrollment of 13,194 for the 2019-2020 academic year.


The Recommended Budget includes using $7.8 million of the school district’s fund balance.


The budget reflects a reduction of 13.0 elementary teachers and 8.7 secondary teachers in response to lower student numbers for the current school year and the projected decrease for 2019-2020.


The district Recommended Budget includes the following:

  • Preserves the 2018-19 elementary and secondary target class sizes
  • Districtwide investment in curriculum materials
  • Districtwide investment in an IT Security Officer
  • Addition of 2.0 full time equivalent (FTE) teachers to Tanana and 0.4 teachers to Hutchison for a staffing correction
  • Addition of 1.0 FTE teacher to Joy Elementary K-8
  • Addition of 1.0 FTE prevention intervention specialist to Ticasuk Brown Elementary
  • Addition of 1.5 FTE Career & Technology Education educators to North Pole High and West Valley High
  • Addition of 0.5 FTE prevention intervention specialist at North Pole Middle
  • Addition of 0.5 FTE prevention intervention specialist at North Pole High
  • Reallocate 6 teachers to the Discovery Peak Charter School which opens Fall 2019
  • Districtwide reductions in personnel include 0.5 FTE in accounts payable and 0.83 FTE in purchasing
  • Districtwide reductions to staff travel, supplies, and equipment
  • Reduction of Nursing Clinical Coordinator, an unfilled position
  • Reduction of one North Pole Middle Swim Aide, an unfilled position, current swimming program will continue as currently staffed