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Draft school district budget on board agenda

The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District will vote on a first reading of next year’s budget during its Wednesday regular meeting.

Superintendent of Schools Robert Boyle will present the board with a budget that not only prevents a loss of staff in the schools, but adds a number of employees at Kayhi and Point Higgins Elementary that were cut last year.

The superintendent’s budget will propose cuts to curriculum and activities, though. The curriculum budget includes items such as textbooks, while activities covers sports.

Boyle will encourage the board to recommend changes to his proposed budget before voting. The School Board is required to submit its budget to the Borough Assembly by May 1.

The Board also will vote to approve a purchase of laptops for the district’s elementary and charter programs at a total cost of about $100,000.

A motion to approve a new employment contract for Superintendent Boyle is also on the agenda Wednesday.

The Board meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Borough Assembly chambers in the White Cliff Building. Public comment will be heard at the start and end of the meeting.

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