It is always amazing how quickly the school year passes by as we find ourselves beginning the 4th quarter! Where does the time go? Looking ahead, there are several items coming at us from a district perspective that may have a great impact on our future.
Of immediate concern is next year’s district budget, which will be brought to the school board for approval in early April. The Alaska Legislature is currently working on the state budget and we are hearing a lot of rhetoric about funding reductions. We are trying to develop several scenarios that address the various outcomes from this legislative session. Our priority is a long-term fiscal plan that includes stable revenue streams. There will be many more discussions and our voices need to be heard as it is clear that KPBSD is an excellent investment by the State and Borough.
The 4th quarter will also end quickly, so it is important to make every minute count. As the weather warms up and we start seeing green grass, students will become distracted. I really appreciate the classrooms that work hard to connect students to local experts and provide relevant opportunities to join the classroom to post-secondary opportunities. I hope to visit several schools this spring and look forward to these many connections.
I am very grateful for the parent and community support we have throughout the district. This year that support is especially appreciated as the state works toward long-term fiscal solutions. I also am very appreciative for all the hard work our staff puts in on a daily basis. Our focus is on students and we take the responsibility for student growth very seriously.
I wish you the best as we look to complete another successful school year!