Holst reacts to education funding granted by lawmakers

    Juneau, Alaska KINY) - There was reaction to the level of education funding granted by the State Legislature last session from Juneau School Board President Brian Holst while a guest on Action Line Wednesday.

    Holst said they were happy it wasn't flat funding.  There was boost in funding at the last minute, he said.

    "We don't have enough, as  as much as we want," he said.  "We are cutting back on some teachers, but it's much better than it looked like six months ago."  

    When asked about the decision by Superintendent Mark Miller to let ten, first time teachers go, Holst said, "It's terrible.  We know that many of them are very, very talented teachers.  We're hoping that some of them through other teacher's retirements will be able to come back into our system."  He called it a lost to our community.

    The school board president applauded the local Assembly's actions funding the district to the local cap and for increasing funding outside of the cap significantly for activities, pupil transportation and food services.

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