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.
- While much of the recent focus has been on the opioid crisis, a report found that alcohol use causes more economic damage.
- Eight Arctic nations, six circumpolar indigenous groups, and over 30 representatives from other countries and organizations participate in the intergovernmental forum.
- A tsunami warning drill takes place once a year, and one village in Southeast has not forgotten the importance of being ready when disaster strikes.
- Nome turns into a bit of a carnival when the Iditarod winner mushes into town. For nearly a week, racers continue arriving before the banquet that officially concludes each year’s Iditarod.