By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

School district cuts spending to cope with reduced state funding


August 24, 2022

Faced with a $474,000 reduction in state funding from last year, the Wrangell School District found several ways to cut the budget for the 2022-2023 school year.

State funding is based on enrollment, and Wrangell’s count is down about 50 students — more than 15% — from before the pandemic. The district lost students to homeschooling and enrollment in correspondence schools in 2020.

The district this year did not fill a vacant teaching position at the middle school, in addition to adopting a budget that assumes less spending on substitute teachers, Tammy Stromberg, the district’s bus...

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