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Fairbanks schools chief holds budget talk for parents

NORTH POLE — The superintendent of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District presented her proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year to a handful of parents in the high school library on Wednesday.

The school board heard the presentation earlier this month.

The $245 million budget plan is $3.7 million, or 1.6 percent, larger than the current public education budget.

Additions include full-day kindergarten at three more elementary schools and more computers and tablets in the lower grades.

Some things are being taken away, such as 18 teachers, which would be eliminated, through attrition, largely because of declining enrollment.

“This is a happy budget,” superintendent Karen Gaborik told the parents. “We just have to wait and ride the roller coaster from Juneau.”
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
February 15, 2017 
Amanda Bohman