Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The Ketchikan School Board had some good financial news for the Bureau on Monday.
President of the Board of Education Trevor Shaw said that the student enrollment rose by four more students than projected this year to 2,224 students. He also noted there has been an increase in students with special needs. He said it appears that a number of students transferred in from other school districts in Alaska. The district also budgeted for a 2.5% decrease in state education funds, which never materialized. He went on to state that the school system will have an over five percent surplus this year and that some funds will be returned to the borough.
The Rev. Evelyn Eberle reported that the homeless warming center has been busy in October. The Borough voted in September to spend $80,000 to open the shelter. Eberle said they served 47 different individuals in October, for a total of 250 nights. She predicted an increase in attendance at the warming center as the weather worsens.
Ketchikan District Attorney Ben Hofmeister introduced himself to the Borough Assembly. He graduated from Notre Dame School of Law and spent stints as a prosecutor in Anchorage before he came to Ketchikan last year. He fielded questions about crime trends, domestic violence and the homeless population. Hofmeister urged the Assembly to support full funding for Alaska State Troopers. He also said the big homeless problem his office handles is drug abuse and addictions, which often leads to violence.