KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “We look forward to community participation in the process, especially as the State and Borough deal with economic issues that directly impact school funding.” Residents have asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to “step up” and help lessen the impact to local schools by funding to the max at the borough level. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce: “The truth of the matter is for the educators out there, it’s simple math. You’re going to take a $20 million dollar hit from the state, we’re (the borough) going to take about a $20 million dollar hit from the state, that’s $40 million dollars. There is no way that we can fund you to the cap, and even if we did it’s not going to make a real big difference, you’re going to take a $20 million dollar hit. The Kenai Peninsula School District will look different next year.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has passed a ‘status quo’ budget for the FY20. The budget was passed at the School Board’s Monday night meeting. Governor Mike Dunleavy released an amended FY20 budget in February for the state. The budget proposes a significant reduction to education funding throughout the state. The school district faces a $22.4 million dollar reduction in state funding under the current budget proposal. The total budget of $145,387,469, which includes general fund revenue, full funding from the borough, and $52 million in local and state funding. State funding reductions directly link to how much the borough can fund education for the school district, which results in an even further reduction to education funding to KPBSD, according to Dusek. The mayor and his administration are scheduled to present a final budget to the borough assembly by early May. According to Pierce, regardless of how and when the state finalizes its budget, “the borough administration has taken proactive steps to prepare for fiscal uncertainty”.