Juneau: Public testimony opportunities on CBJ fiscal assistance for JSD February 26 & March 4
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~ The Juneau School District is facing a significant financial challenge with a current year deficit of $9.5 million. In an effort to address this issue and achieve fiscal stability, the district has implemented cost-saving measures and consolidation strategies. However, a crucial part of their plan involves seeking financial assistance from the City and Borough of Juneau.

This assistance will come in the form of three ordinances, which have been proposed by the Borough Assembly. The first ordinance is a $4.1 million loan to the JSD, followed by a one-time payment of $3.9 million for the current year and another one-time payment of $1.6 million for the next budget year. These ordinances are currently being reviewed by the Borough Assembly and are expected to be passed by March 4 in order for the District to meet its budget deadline for FY2025.

The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on all three ordinances at two upcoming meetings: the Assembly Committee of the Whole worksession on Monday, February 26 at 6 p.m., and the Regular Assembly Meeting on Monday, March 4 at 7 p.m. Those who wish to comment can do so by signing up before 4 p.m. on the day of the hearing to testify over Zoom, sending an email, or testifying in person at City Hall Assembly Chambers.

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For those who plan to watch remotely but do not intend to provide public testimony, it is recommended that they use the CBJ YouTube livestream instead of joining via Zoom. This will help ensure that there is enough capacity for all participants given the high level of interest in this topic.

More information about how to join these meetings via Zoom can be found on juneau.org/calendar. Meeting agendas will also be posted on juneau-ak.municodemeetings.com as soon as they become available.

The three ordinances being considered are Ordinance 2020-14(b)(AD) for the $4.1 million loan to the JSD, Ordinance 2023-14(b)(AB) for the $3.9 million one-time payment for non-instructional costs in FY24, and Ordinance 2023-01(b)(A) for the $1.65 million one-time payment for non-instructional costs in FY25. These ordinances are crucial in helping the JSD overcome its financial challenges and continue providing quality education to students in Juneau.

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