Residents still have an opportunity to participate in an informational presentation, question-and-answer session and discussion forum about the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's operating budget for the 2002-2003 school year.
The final two presentations will be this week:
At 7 p.m. Monday at Homer High School Library;
At 7 p.m. Tuesday at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School Library.
The school district is facing the same budget problems as the state: too little money to fund what's been funded in the past.
The preliminary budget has come up $1.4 million short -- and that's with the assumption of an across-the-board salary freeze and pending layoffs. Other suggested areas to help bridge the budget gap include eliminating nonacademic programs such as sports, increasing class sizes, and closing or consolidating schools.
It's not surprising that most attending last week's meetings were school district employees. It's imperative they know what's going on with the budget because their very livelihoods are at stake. It's also imperative, however, that the community as a whole be involved because, no matter what happens, life in the school system is changing.
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