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Anchorage schools to get $11 million

Michelle Theriault Boots

The Anchorage School District expects to receive about $11 million from the legislative education funding package awaiting the governor's signature. The funds won't have any immediate effect on district-wide cuts set into motion last week, district spokeswoman Heidi Embley said Tuesday.

"For now we're going ahead with the plan," she said.

Some of the money is earmarked for specific uses such as transportation. The School Board would have to meet to discuss how to spend the rest.

"It doesn't necessarily get put into things that were cut," she said.

This year's budget, originally announced in January, is about $6.2 million below the 2011-2012 budget. Officials have said it's about $20 million short of what was necessary to maintain the same level of services.

The district plans to cut some classroom teachers at all levels as well as English as a Second Language and special education programs.

Embley said an announcement of exactly how many positions will be cut may come later this week.

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at or 257-4344.

Anchorage Daily News