2017-18 Budget Development

2017-18 Budget Development

  • August 11, 2017

    During its August 8 regular meeting, the Edmonds School District Board of Directors held a public hearing on the 2017-18 budget and held a first reading. The second reading and final approval of the budget is slated for the August 29 meeting.

    We appreciate your patience while we work to provide additional updates to this and other pages on the 2017-18 Budget Development web pages. If you have questions, please direct them to information@edmonds.wednet.edu.

    Thank you.

    Communications & Public Relations

    2017-18 Budget First Reading School Board Presentation

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    Joyous Celebrations Coupled with Very Challenging Situation

    Legislature puts districts in very difficult budgeting position

     

     

    Dear Families, Staff & Community:

    June has arrived and it’s a month traditionally full of celebrations and culminations of educational accomplishments. These joyous moments are occurring across the District, with more than 2,000 students receiving diplomas during eight different ceremonies.

    We could not be more proud and thrilled for what each and every one of these students have accomplished to reach this point, and begin the next stages of their lives. At the same time, we are keeping an eye on Olympia. You are likely hearing about the possibility of a Washington state government shutdown.

    The purpose of this communication is to share with you how the Legislature’s current inability to pass a budget will impact your Edmonds School District and its 34 schools and programs as we attempt to prepare to open our doors to 20,000 students for the 2017-18 school year.

    Here are the timeline realities:

    • We are obligated by law to have a first version of a budget published and available to you in July.
    • If the state Legislature adopts a budget by June 14 (the end of the of its second session), we must release that first version by July 10.
    • If the state goes past June 14 without adopting a budget, Districts receive an extension of seven days and must by law have the first version of its budget available to the public by July 17.
    • Either timeline scenario puts our District in a very difficult situation. It will take both our staff and officials at the Office of the Superintendet of Public Instruction (OSPI) weeks to process and calculate the various and numerous changes to staffing, salaries and benefits calculations.
    • As a result, the first version of the budget we release to the public in July will be a very rough draft.
    • The final version of the District budget must be approved and adopted by the School Board by August 31.

    The delay has created one of the most unsettled times in Washington state public education history. We want to reassure you that very thoughtful planning is being done to the best of our ability under these conditions. We are working to ensure curriculum and materials are in place, safe and clean classrooms and schools are maintained, and staff are ready to greet students on the first of school in September.

    Earlier this spring, Superintendent Dr. McDuffy stated, "This is the most hopeful time in our state’s history, with the full funding of basic education as mandated by the McCleary decision, but our legislators have a huge hill to climb.”

    We still believe this is the case. Hope remains high. Our legislators must successfully scale the summit, allowing us to focus on our core purpose: Supporting  each and every students academic and personal  growth and success.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will keep you informed as we learn more.

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