Alongside an amicable meeting with Nome Public Schools, the city council on Monday agreed to spend roughly $420,000 to add full-building humidification to the planned Richard Foster Building.
In order to balance their $14.3 million budget, Nome Schools will remove 5 full-time positions and dip $303,000 into fund balance. They continue to look for cost saving measures.
Anticipating a tremendous loss in state funding, Nome Public Schools expects to make difficult cuts over the next several years.
“Next year is going to be a bad year, but it’s going to be the best year of all the bad years to come,” said Nome School Superintendent Shawn Arnold.
Nome Board of Education plans for potential bad news from Juneau, and brainstorms ways to cut district costs.
If a one-time funding bill for education doesn’t make it through the legislature, Nome Schools are looking at a cut of $200,000 as they begin drafting next year’s budget.
After weeks of budget work sessions, the Nome Joint Utility has finally approved its financial plan for the new year.
“Basically we need to figure out how to get $1 million closer than we are today,” Utility Manager John Handeland said of the group’s 2015 budget.
The city’s top priority is continuing with ongoing water and sewer upgrades, but even modest projects are uncertain in the face of a potential $3 billion deficit due to falling oil prices.
Foster looks to his seat on the Transportation committee and his ties to the House majority; Olson won’t be caucusing with the Senator Majority, but will keep key seat on Finance committee.