On Thursday night, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly held it’s third and final public hearing on its annual budget at a special meeting in Willow.
Nearly seventy people came out for the final public hearing on the Mat-Su Borough’s budget at the Willow Community Center. The majority of those who spoke focused on one line item, schools.
Overall, the borough budget has shrunk by several million dollars, but the proposed level of funding for the Mat-Su Borough School District is the same as in last year’s budget. Over a dozen parents, teachers, and school administrators say that still isn’t enough.
Talkeetna Elementary School Principal Lisa Shelby said, “Flat funding results in more cuts, to the tune of $3.4 million dollars, and fewer opportunities for our kids.” Shelby added, “What I’m asking of you will take courage, to put kids and families at the top of your list.” (more…)