Anchorage School District, Alaska
Last reviewed: March 5th 2013
- Tax revenues are available and tax rates are published
- The current budget is published and previous budgets are available for the last nine years
- The calendar of Board meetings and meeting agendas and minutes are available and archived at least three years  
- Names of Board official, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available
- Names of administrative officials, individual email address, individual phone numbers, and a physical address are available
- Currently open bids are posted  , as are teacher pay scales 
- The current audit is published and previous audits are available for the last nine years (located on individual archived budget pages) 
- A public records contact is available and public records policies are available in a central location
- Background check policy is available.
- Academic reports are available for standard testing and graduation rates are posted   Various standardized tests are also explained 
- Awarded contracts are unavailable and a search does not return relevant results.
|Jeannie Mackie||Board President|
|Tam Agosti-Gisler||Board Vice President|
|Natasha Von Imhof||Board Clerk|
|Kathleen Plunkett||Board Treasurer|
|Gretchen Guess||Board Member|
|Pat Higgins||Board Member|
|Don Smith||Board Member|
|Susan Jolin||Accounting Controller|
|Jane Stuart||Assessment & Evaluation Executive Director|
|Ed Graff||Assistant Superintendent of Instruction|
|Mike Abbott||Assistant Superintendent of Support Services|
|Chad Stiteler||Chief Financial Officer|
|Mary Mead-Olberding||Supervisor Charter Schools|
|Jeff Berglund||Chief Information Officer|
|Heidi Embley||Communications Director (Interim)|
|Leslie Preston||Director Community Services|
|Beverly Thornburg||Grants Coordinator|
|Todd Hess||Executive Director|
|Darin Hargraves||Director Operations|
|Mike Abbott||Assistant Superintendent Risk Management|
|Karin Halpin||Title I Supervisor|
|Doreen Brown||Titlve VII Indian Education|
|Marty Elkins||Transportation Director|
The board, on behalf of the school district, entered into a negotiated agreement with the Anchorage Education Association. It is effective from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2010. The salary schedule in 2007-08 ranged from $38,555 to $74,432, and jumped to $41,266 to $77,409 in 2008-09. in 2009-10, the salary schedule increased to $42,917 to 80,506.
Revenue from the state of Alaska, through the Alaska Public School Funding Program, is the district’s most significant individual revenue source. For FY 2012-2013 revenue from the Alaska Public School Funding Program is expected to provide $308,364,385 or 54 .18 percent of General Fund revenue. This is down from 54 .82 percent in FY 2011-2012. State revenue from all sources contributes a total of 57 .70 percent state funding.
The local municipal property tax contribution is the second-largest General Fund revenue source. For FY 2012- 2013, the Anchorage Assembly passed AR NO. 2011-296. This resolution provides guidance for the amount of property taxes to be appropriated for the Anchorage School District. It provides an increase from $237,587,445 to $239,963,319—a one percent increase—over FY 2011-2012. The property tax allocation includes funding for educational purposes as well as for services operated by the Municipality of Anchorage, including school resource officers, trail usage, park shelter rentals, tax bill mailing and collections, and uncollectable delinquent property taxes. Local property taxes will provide 35 .12 percent of the General Fund revenue. The school district also receives funding from federal sources.
For the district's 2009-10 budget, State sources account for 64% of the district's funds, with the Alaska Public School Funding Program providing approximately $297,000,000, in the 2009 academic year. The second largest source of revenue for the district, accounting for 32% of the district's funds, is property tax revenue. The property tax rate for 2009 is 7.18%, which is projected to generate approximately $233,000,000 in 2009-10. the remaining 2.3% of funding comes from federal sources.
Employee salaries, benefits and payroll taxes make up 87.45% of operating costs in the general fund of the district's budget.
Charter schools are non-sectarian, public schools that operate within the district. Any person, group or organization may apply to the School Board to operate a charter school. Charter schools offer alternative teaching methods or curriculum and more independence than regular public schools, and set their own calendars. The Anchorage School District has eight charter schools.
|Alaska Native Cultural Charter School||K-6|
|Aquarian Charter School||K-6|
|Eagle Academy Charter School||K-6|
|Frontier Charter School||K-12|
|Highland Tech Charter School||7-12|
|Rilke Schule German School of Arts & Sciences||K-8|
Students are admitted to charter schools based on the results of an enrollment lottery. Currently, there are about 2,300 charter school students in Anchorage, with another 500 more on waiting lists for various programs.
NCLB requires states and districts to report on the progress of schools based on an accountability measure known as Adequate Yearly Progress. Under this measure schools have to meet as many as 31 targets related to student participation in testing, proficiency on standards- based assessments in language arts and mathematics, and either attendance or graduation rates, depending on the grade level of the schools. For the 2010-11 school year, 37 of 96 schools made AYP (39 percent) this year whereas 59 did not (61 percent). Of the 59 schools that did not make AYP, 8 schools missed only 1 of the potential 31 targets required to meet AYP. The most frequently missed target in the 8 schools missing by only 1 target was in the cell of students with disabilities. Of the 26 Title I schools, 4 made AYP (15 percent) whereas 22 did not (85 percent). Two Title I schools did not make AYP in 2009-10 but made AYP in 2010-11: Lake Otis and North Star Elementary.
In the 2008-09 academic year, the district did not meet Annual Yearly Progress criteria established by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. The district was placed on AYP Level 4, which requires corrective action be taken.
In the 2008-09 academic year, of all students tested in grades 3-10, 80% were proficient in language arts and 71% were proficient in mathematics.
The Anchorage Education Association represents 3,500 certificated employees of the district, including teachers, counselors, school nurses, therapists and librarians. It provides bargaining updates on its website.
The district is a member of the Association of Alaska School Boards. The AASB states on its website that it promotes pro-education legislation and to protect the principle of local control of public education, with its efforts led by its Executive Director. The AASB also issues a Legislative Handbook to members of its Legislative Network and publishes a Legislative Bulletin. The AASB is also an affiliate of the National School Boards Association and its Federal Relations Network, which addresses the legislative process at a national level.
- http://www.asdk12.org/ Anchorage School District website]
- Association of Alaska School Boards Association of Alaska School Boards
- Greatschools.net Ratings of Schools in the Anchorage School District
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 FY 2009-10 Budget
- ↑ Anchorage Education Association
- ↑ 2009 District AYP Worksheet
- ↑ ASD Facts
- ↑ Taxes
- ↑ Current budget
- ↑ Budget archives
- ↑ Meetings
- ↑ School Board Calendar
- ↑ Meeting Agendas and Minutes
- ↑ School Board
- ↑ Administrative officials
- ↑ Current bids
- ↑ Salary Schedule
- ↑ Audits
- ↑ Public records
- ↑ Background check policy
- ↑ Reports
- ↑ Performance Measures
- ↑ Profile of Performance
- ↑ [http://www.asdk12.org/ae/assessments/ Assessments
- ↑ School Board
- ↑ Board Member Information
- ↑ 24.0 24.1 24.2 Anchorage Education Association Current Contract
- ↑ Budget details
- ↑ Charter Schools
- ↑ State Charter School Directory
- ↑ Board Policy Lottery Procedures - Open Enrollment
- ↑ Charter schools face unsure future
- ↑ Academic performance details 2010-2011
- ↑ 31.0 31.1 31.2 2009 District AYP Worksheet
- ↑ Consequences of Not Meeting AYP
- ↑ Anchorage Education Association
- ↑ AEA Bargaining
- ↑ AASB Membership Directory
- ↑ AASB Legislative Efforts
- ↑ AASB Legislative Efforts
- ↑ AASB Legislative Bulletin Archive
- ↑ AASB Legislative Services
- ↑ NASB Federal Relations Network