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...