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Ask the Mayor

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2002

School district funding: Why is there a problem?

Editor's Note: The following weekly column is designed to help answer residents' questions about the Kenai Peninsula Borough and its government.

Question: The Kenai Peninsula Borough has a healthy savings account, so why does the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have a funding problem?

Answer: The borough gives the school district about $30 million annually, which is the maximum allowed by the state's funding formula. We are only one of a few boroughs in the state that fully funds its school district. Not only do we fully fund our school district, but we also use creative methods to fund outside the cap.

The main reason the school district is short of money is that there is a problem with the funding formula. The formula used to determine the amount of money the school district receives from the state is basically the same as the formula used for the Mat-Su's school district, yet the Mat-Su district does not have the remote schools that the Kenai Peninsula school district has. I would like to see the formula changed so that it is somewhere between Mat-Su's formula and a formula used for a rural school district.

You may send your questions to:

Mayor Bagley

144 N. Binkley

Soldotna, AK 99669

Fax: (907) 262-8616

e-mail: bdove@borough.kenai.ak.us

You may send your questions to:

Mayor Bagley

144 N. Binkley

Soldotna, AK 99669

Fax: (907) 262-8616

e-mail: bdove@borough.kenai.ak.us



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