School district budget deserves big boost from state Legislature

Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2001

School district budget deserves big boost from state Legislature

Also making news last week, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education approved an $88.4 million budget for the next school year seemingly without a hitch. By all accounts, it is a realistic and well thought out budget, even if it is not the "perfect world" plan educators and parents may have liked to see.

But the ease with which the 2001-02 budget was passed should not be construed as meaning all is well in our schools.

The new budget has a $1.5 million hole in it. That hole is comprised of cuts forced on the board because of declining enrollment and rising costs. School board President Deb Germano has said the district cannot function adequately with the cut, and the board is hoping the state Legislature will fill the hole by increasing the state's school funding formula.

It is unlikely the Legislature will get around to addressing education funding until near the end of the session. In the meantime, the "what ifs" are not pretty.

We urge legislators to carefully consider the ramifications of inadequately funded schools and do the right thing. Education should never be taken for granted. After all, our future depends on it.

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