Cordova School District launches fundraiser to support student travel in wake of budget shortfalls

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CORDOVA, Alaska (KTUU) - A school district in Alaska has launched a fundraising campaign to try and help cover financial shortfalls following state budget cuts.

The Cordova School District, which primarily utilized the ferry service to get students to and from athletic and academic competitions, opened up its fundraiser to the public Monday as it seeks to try and fund student travels for the course of the 2019-2020 school year.

"These are opportunities that we want our students to have on a year-to-year basis," said Alex Russin, Cordova School District Superintendent. "We budget, the community raises money and contributes to students what they can to help with these opportunities.

"But we want the same number of students to have the same types and numbers of opportunities that they've had in the past," he said.

Russin said the district originally anticipated student travel primarily taking place via ferry again this year, but that because of budget cuts and other factors, costs directly to the school district have increased dramatically.

A letter from CSD to the public outlined an approximate $150,000 budget shortfall for this year alone, particularly with the need to shuttle students via air instead of by ferry.

Any funds raised will be distributed across student groups, including to sports and other clubs, to support travel outside of Cordova. Some money may also be used to support schools traveling to town so that students can compete in front of home crowds.

Donations are being accepted here, which is also where you can find a letter from the district to community members.

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