First, most of our revenue (approximately 80%) comes from the state. The legislative session begins in January and is scheduled to be a short, 60 day, session. During this process we will see if the commitment to fully fund public education will be closer to being realized. While the district saw some gains last year, more work needs to be done so that all students realize their potential. Please contact your legislators Kevin Ranker, Jeff Morris, and Kristine Lytton and voice your support for full funding.
Second, a Maintenance and Operations replacement levy will be placed before the voters on February 11, 2014.
This levy provides essentially the remainder of the revenue to run the District's programs.
Both the state and local revenue streams are vital to ensure we can educate all students well.
Third, I am wondering about enrollment.
This fall we were pleased to see new students from western Washington and the western states, reversing a trend of declining enrollment.
We will need to project an enrollment number for next year that calculates the trend as accurately as possible.
New students help our budget in so many ways.
Finally, I have confidence that our leadership team will, just like last year, collaboratively develop a package of revenue and expenditure changes, so that a responsible budget can be adopted by the board.
If you or your neighbors have any budget concerns or ideas please feel free to contact me at 378-4133.