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2003-03-06 Senate Journal

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2003-03-06                     Senate Journal                      Page 0410
SB 121                                                                                            
SENATE BILL NO. 121 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                   
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                                               
                  "An Act relating to community schools; and                                       
          providing for an effective date."                                                         
was read the first time and referred to the Health, Education and Social                            
Services and Finance Committees.                                                                    

2003-03-06                     Senate Journal                      Page 0411
The following fiscal information was published today:                                               
 Fiscal Note No. 1, Department of Education and Early                                               
Governor's transmittal letter dated March 5:                                                        
Dear President Therriault:                                                                          
Under the authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am                          
transmitting a bill that would repeal AS 14.36.010 through AS 14.36                                 
070, the Community Schools Grant Program.                                                           
While the value of providing access to school facilities beyond the                                 
school day continues to be important in Alaskan communities, the                                    
level of funding for the program does very little on a statewide basis to                           
support the effort.                                                                                 
The community schools statute was adopted in 1975. The purpose and                                  
intent section of the law is very clear. The grant program was enacted                              
to provide financial support to encourage and assist local school                                   
districts in establishing community school programs. The funds                                      
provided assistance to local communities in the initial development,                                
implementation and operations of community school programs.                                         
This program has fulfilled its intended purpose, as all school districts                            
currently offer a community schools program.                                                        
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                            
Frank H. Murkowski