Anchorage school bonds could be scaled back in district leaders' plans for next year, when it comes to asking local voters for money that would help pay for repairs and renovations at area schools.
For example, after multiple failed attempts at getting renovations at Service High School completed through school bonds, school officials say it's likely they'll be asking for a much smaller amount of money next year -- $9 million compared to $40 million this year. If passed, the state would kick in extra funds.
The money would be used to repair the most necessary needs at the school only -- like renovations in the school library and cafeteria.
The plan likely will not include anything about renovations to the school's auditorium like in years past.
School Board President Gretchen Guess says they're starting something new this year to help.
"This year for the first time, we're going through a facility assessment and so you're going to see some projects that reflect some of our facilities that really need some help," Guess said.
Anchorage Assembly member Adam Trombley says he'd prefer that the school district not ask for any more money from Anchorage voters next year, and impose a bond holiday.
"There's no greater evidence of having a $106 million shortfall in five years to prove that what you're doing isn't working and that something has to change," Trombley said. "Debt on every level is unsustainable, and at some point you've got to say no."
On Nov. 14, the school district will unveil its formal recommendations for school bonds next year.
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