By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel 

School district counts on state funding increase


January 3, 2024

It’s been eight years since the state last increased its per-student funding formula for public schools — a 0.5% nudge that year — and years of stagnant funding have caught up with districts statewide, including Wrangell.

“We have to count on funding this year,” Schools Superintendent Bill Burr said. An increase in the state formula “is essential to us.”

The state’s K-12 foundation funding covers almost 60% of the Wrangell district’s $5.3 million operating budget for the 2023-2024 school year, with borough funds filling about 30% and mostly federal aid covering the rest.


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