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2022-02-16 Senate Journal

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2022-02-16                     Senate Journal                      Page 1824
SB 198                                                                                                                        
SENATE BILL NO. 198 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                               
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                                                                           
          "An Act providing that Rampart School is located                                                                      
          within the Yukon-Koyukuk School District regional                                                                     
          educational attendance area; and providing for an                                                                     
          effective date."                                                                                                      
was read the first time and referred to the Education Committee.                                                                
The following fiscal information was published today:                                                                           
 Fiscal Note No. 1, zero, Department of Education & Early                                                                       
Governor's transmittal letter dated February 15:                                                                                
Dear President Micciche:                                                                                                        
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska                                                                   
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill allowing the Rampart School to                                                           
become part of the Yukon Koyukuk School District (YKSD).                                                                        
The Rampart School is currently part of the Yukon Flats School                                                                  
District (YFSD). However, by mutual agreement, the YKSD has                                                                     
administered and operated the Rampart School for several years. The                                                             
community of Rampart is culturally and historically aligned with the                                                            
communities in the YKSD, and both school districts support placing                                                              
the Rampart School in the YKSD.                                                                                                 

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This legislation allows for maximum local participation with the                                                                
YKSD School Board. Currently, parents of children at the Rampart                                                                
School cannot participate in YKSD School Board elections. The                                                                   
proposed legislation will result in a boundary change between the two                                                           
regional educational attendance areas (REAAs) thereby allowing                                                                  
parents of the Rampart School to participate in school board elections                                                          
applicable to their community school.                                                                                           
REAAs are part of the unorganized borough. Pursuant to Article X,                                                               
Section 6 of the Alaska Constitution, the legislature serves as the                                                             
assembly for the unorganized borough. Accordingly, the legislature is                                                           
the appropriate entity to authorize allowing the Rampart School to                                                              
become part of the YKSD.                                                                                                        
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure.                                                                        
Mike Dunleavy