The Conference Committee met Thursday to consider open items in HB 300 and HB 302. During the last hearing on Monday, April 12, the committee dealt with all open items in the Dept. of Education & Early Development’s budget, so there are no items open in that department. Sen. Hoffman said the next meeting would address the last two open items (one in the Governor’s Office and one in the Dept. of Revenue) and any fiscal notes.
At the beginning of Wednesday's House Education Committee hearing, Chairman Seaton presented Eddy Jeans, director, School Finance & Facilities, Dept. of Education & Early Development, with a legislative citation honoring him for his 30 years of state service, his expertise, his dedication, and his good humor.
Mr. Jeans said he plans to retire sometime this summer, but he will remain in Juneau, and will remain involved in some capacity.
Senate Finance adopted a new committee substitute for SB 230 and passed the bill out of committee Saturday evening. The biggest change in the new cs is a new section adding $380 million in G.O. bond projects, $360 million of which are for education projects.
G.O. Bond Education Projects:..... • $20,000,000: Alaska State Library, Archives, & Museum Facility Construction • $20,000,000: Mt. Edgecumbe High School Aquatic Facility
Major Maintenance: • $1,700,000 – Mt. Edgecumbe deferred maintenance • $84,337 – Nome Beltz Jr./Sr. fire alarm replacement • $29,807 – Nome Beltz Jr./Sr. emergency generator auto switch replacement • $1,202,914 – Metlakatla High School Renovation Alternates • $1,762,541 – Whittier K-12 sprinkler install & interior renovations • $123,701 – Yup’ik Voc Ed Building water service & boiler replacement • $80,729 – Yup’ik Voc Ed Building roof replacement
HB 424 – G.O. Bonds for Education Projects, By the House Finance Committee
Introduced today, HB 424 provides for the issuance of general obligation bonds in a principal amount of not more than $1,000,000 for the purpose of paying the cost of education projects for public schools and the University of Alaska. The bill specifies that $500,000 will be appropriated to DEED for public school projects, and $500,000 will be appropriated to the University of Alaska for university projects.
The three court orders in the Moore vs. State case have been posted on BASIS. I am not sure they are available anywhere else online, so thought I would post a link (click on the title above to go to the documents).
On Wednesday, April 7th the House and Senate Education Committees will be holding a hearing on Moore vs. State. The committees will be hearing from the plaintiffs' attorney, the state's attorney, a legislative attorney, and the administration to discuss the case.
During the Monday, April 6th House Education Committee hearing, Dept. of Education & Early Development Deputy Commissioner Les Morse said the department thought this most recent court order was going to go their way.
At the end of Friday's Senate Education Committee hearing, committee staff said that Judge Gleason said in her most recent ruling on Moore vs. Alaska that the legislature is responsible for the five school districts in the case. On Wednesday, April 7 at 8:00 a.m.