With the close of the legislative session, we now have a clearer budget picture for 2019-20.
State lawmakers made some modifications to the McCleary funding plan that help us. They lifted the cap on local levies, so we will be able to collect the funds our voters approved, and they provide some additional special education funding. However, enrollment is still declining, and that means a decline in state funding.
Our projected revenue for 2019-20 is $10 million less than our revenue for this current year. We still must make reductions, but the cuts are not as deep as we anticipated when we started building the budget.
As we met with each school and department administrator to discuss your budgets, we listened to your concerns and worked to find creative solutions. In response, we will:
Allow schools to carry over their materials and supplies budgets.
Maintain the Secretary III positions at comprehensive high schools.
- Maintain funding levels for arts programming across the system.
Maintain current custodial services.
We also identified priorities where we need to make investments in order to meet our students’ needs. Among them is a new early kindergarten entry program. Ready K will provide a high quality early learning experience for children who have not had access, so they are ready to be successful in kindergarten. We also committed to paying AP/IB testing fees for all students.
We will move forward with cuts to central office budgets through reductions in contracts and positions. We were able to limit school staff cuts to four certificated FTE—which were absorbed through attrition—and less than 10 FTE on the classified side.
We are grateful to be able to adapt to this transition in state funding with minimal impact on the classroom and with few staff cuts. Thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust to the new funding landscape over the next couple of years.
The Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on our 2019-20 Budget of the General Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Associated Student Body Fund, Debt Service Fund, Transportation Vehicle Fund and 2018-19 Budget Extension of the Capital Projects Fund on:
Wednesday, June 19
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
15675 Ambaum Blvd. S.W.
Testimony slots are on a first come, first served basis. Testimony is limited. Each person may have two minutes per fund for testimony (up to a maximum of 10 minutes per person).
For disability accommodations to attend the public hearing, please contact the school board office 206-631-3070 at least three working days in advance of the meeting.