Class sizes in the capital city will grow next year, unless the Juneau Assembly can muster another $769,000 for schools.
That’s according to Juneau School Board President Sally Saddler in a written appeal to the Assembly. An Assembly committee is reviewing the request Monday.
For years, the city has spent as much as state law allows it to on education. Part of an education bill the governor is expected to sign into law will raise the upcoming budget year’s local contribution cap. The school board’s request falls within the new cap.
The Assembly committee’s other business on Monday includes:
- A request from the Juneau Affordable Housing Coalition to authorize spending $75,000 on a housing action plan.
- A series of municipal water and sewer fee hikes that, by 2024, would double current rates. The new revenue would cover tens of millions of dollars in city water and sewer infrastructure repairs, rebuilds and replacements.
- And, a draft ordinance to regulate telecommunications facilities and towers in Juneau.
The Juneau Assembly’s Committee of the Whole meets at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
- Juneau's first state-certified commercial cannabis farm is up and running with plans to start selling their products as soon as October.
- The Crystal Serenity is carrying 980 passengers on a 32-day journey from Anchorage to New York City. The cruise ship is the largest ever to navigate the Northwest Passage, a voyage of many other firsts for Crystal Cruises, according to captain Birger Vorland.
- So far, the Juneau School District has enrolled about 230 more students than it expected. If the higher enrollment remains true in October, the district could get enough additional state funding to cover a near $200,000 deficit.
- Juneau-based nonprofit, Southeast Alaska Land Trust, was denied its property tax exemption earlier this year. Now the Assembly will take another look.