JSD seeks $82,000 to keep theater manager

The Juneau School District is asking the City and Borough of Juneau for $82,000 for retention of one school auditorium manager. A reduction in the district’s budget requires termination of one of its two current theater managers.

Juneau School District Superintendent Glenn Gelbrich asked the committee to approve the funds at the Assembly Finance Committee on May 2.

“A single individual can’t cover both facilities at the same time,” Gelbrich wrote in a letter to City Manager Kim Keifer.

A dip in service or a potential increase in user fees would dissuade theater groups from using Juneau-Douglas High School facilities, he said. Help from the city would mitigate this potential problem, he said.

Gelbrich was asked where an additional auditorium manager would rank in a fully funded budget.

“We didn’t have much hope that the funding figure would grow,” Gelbrich said.

Mayor Bruce Botelho said any extra funding would be for one year.

“We are fully aware that it is a one-year proposal,” Gelbrich said.

He said the additional position would benefit with the economies of shared management.

Gelbrich also asked the city to hire swimming pool life guards to make up for positions lost to budget reductions.

The Finance Committee forwarded the school district applied budget back to the Assembly.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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