Nome Public Schools is again hoping a donation of of $150,000 from Sitnasuak Native Corporation will fund JROTC; if that doesn’t happen, the district may be forced to eliminate the program.
The city approved the district’s full local budget request – even adding extra funds for an early childhood education teacher.
Nome property taxes will drop from 12 to 11 mills as the city council ratifies an $11.3 million budget for the coming year.
NMS provides the district’s food service and will now manage its custodial work. Meanwhile, 144,000 gallons of saltwater have mysteriously vanished from the Nome Pool.
The Nome City Council is considering a drop in property taxes, down to 11 mills, a tax break valued at more than $275,000.
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.
Sandi Keller was named Teacher of the Year, Sylvia Matson is Educational Support Professional of the Year, and Richard Beneville’s retirement was toasted with poetry.
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.
Ashla Marie Weston and Joseph Grubb face felony charges for three separate thefts from Nome Schools that court documents allege were committed from February through December 2012.