By John Harrington
March 19, 2013
Here on SitNews there were two letters with two different amounts mentioned. Given how one interprets School Funding they both might be correct. So here goes:
Mr. Peterson says it costs over $20,000 per student in education funding. Whereas Mr. Timmerman, a School Board member says it is $13,636. Neither one specified where they got the figures, so let's analyze the data.
Mr. Timmerman said: The district has a current budget of $30,000,000 (a little less actually).
Now that is odd; because in November, the School District sought a change in its spending authority from the Assembly. Its new budget was $41,983,031. This would mean $19,083 per student if the 2200 student number is correct. The official figure is 2,176 students. ( Spending Authority document pdf)
I am not sure which figures Mr. Timmerman is using for the $30 million, but it would appear as if he included in his budget:
But there are other budget items not stated:
That would mean $19,294 per student, but that is less than Mr. Peterson's number. So what could he have had in mind?
Several things can be factored into the education costs not included in the above amounts:
None of these figures change a thing. Folks will still advocate for more or less money. Everyone will continue to work for his/her preference. But several things are certainly obvious, we in Ketchikan: value education; we want the best for our kids; and we love to argue over things.
Now back to our favorite sport before the salmon arrive Politics!
About: " I have worked on the School District budget 15 times nine as a member of the School Board and 6 as a member of the Assembly. It is never an easy process no matter what seat one holds. Almost no one in their right mind would want to understand the arcane science of school funding, myself included. "
Received March 17, 2013 - Published March 19, 2013
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