- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Juneau school district has scheduled a special bond hearing in an attempt to beat the deadline for the state to stop providing funding for improvement projects.

The Juneau Empire reports (https://is.gd/tc1n6p) the school board has called for a $20 million bond election June 23. This is mostly for renovations at the Marie Drake building, which is home to Montessori Borealis and an alternative high school. The package includes $1 million for improvements at Juneau-Douglas High School.

The Legislature passed Senate Bill 64, which halts the state’s practice of partial repayments on school maintenance and construction bonds for five years, and then reduce the reimbursement rate after that.

If voters OK the bond package before July, the state will pay 70 percent of the total cost.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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