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2019-20 Budget Development

2019-20 Budget Development

One-Page Budget Fact Sheet

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Edmonds School Students, Families, Staff & Community,

These are certainly trying times, but together we will find a way forward. Let me start with a brief update on the budget following the conclusion of the Legislative Session just over a week ago.

Although the Legislature made some additional progress in meeting their paramount duty, many gaps remain. Some of their “fixes” impacted school districts very differently. For instance “regionalization” is impacting us very differently than most of our neighbors. Also, we have more experienced staff than most of our neighbors and we are no longer funded for that exp
erience. Unfortunately, we did not have enough reserves/fund balance to absorb some of these hits (again, unlike most of the school districts in the region). Therefore, as we’ve been discussing for the past several months, our projected gap or shortfall is $17.7 million. We have been examining all areas for possible savings. Our schools and departments have offered great suggestions! With 88% of our budget being salaries & benefits, however, our reductions did need to include some staffing reductions. All employee groups are affected. Certificated administrative staff are realizing an 8% reduction; classified staff a 4% reduction; and, certificated instructional staff a 3% reduction. All of these decisions are excruciating as we know this impacts real members of our team. We realize that there is a lot of discussion and angst about class size. Please see the data that is posted below that shows how we compare with many area districts. It shows that even with the current +3 model, we are very comparable (and even continue to be below in several areas). 

Please keep in mind that a lot will continue to change and evolve over the next several months. We will continue to update you and also encourage you to check the district website for further details. 
We appreciate and honor each and every member of the Edmonds School District Team!

Research is clear, and our experience proves, that our teachers have the greatest impact on our core work - student learning. A very special thank you for the lives you touch every hour, every day. 

There is so much great work to celebrate.
With deep gratitude and respect,

Dr. Kris McDuffy
Dr. Kristine McDuffy
Superintendent

Budget Impacts - Draft

Staff Ratios District Comparison

Budget Development Feedback

Getting to the core of the State's new school funding model Budget Update

We want to provide you with updates regarding the current state of the budget deficit in the district. We are facing a projected budget deficit of $17.7 million for the 2019-20 school year.

There are multiple factors that are contributing to the budget shortfall:

  • A reduction in the levy over the calendar year 2018.
  • A reduction in K-3 funding unless the district reduces K-3 class sizes which require additional staffing costs.
  • Increases to employer costs for the School Employees Benefits Board.
  • Salary increases for all employee groups.
  • The basic education funding model does not cover the additional staff and other program costs that are funded by the levy or other state and federal programs.
  • The Salary Allocation Model no longer takes into consideration the education and experience levels of staff and provides funding at one average rate. The district’s staff is more experienced than the average.
  • We used nearly $3.9M of the 2017-18 fund balance (savings account) to prevent other reductions during that school year. This results in a fund balance below 4%. We cannot continue to draw down our fund balance and remain fiscally sound as a district.
  • Even with the new revenue in programs like Special Education, we continue to fund our Special Education budget over the amount allocated by the state and federal government. We anticipate this gap to be in excess of $5 million.

In order to be to address the $17.7 million deficit, we have identified the following as potential reductions:

  • Staff reductions including certificated teaching, classified staff, and certificated administrators, and leaving vacant positions unfilled

  • Specific program reductions

  • Reductions in non-staff costs such as materials, supplies and operating costs

We recognize that processing reductions of this magnitude are a challenging process. We work in a profession that values relationships with one another and this makes the decisions that are ahead all the more difficult. We value everyone in our district. We also anticipate that there will be more retirements and resignations that will come in weeks ahead, so the number of staff who will ultimately be impacted by these reductions are not known.

Decisions regarding the Reduced Educational Plan for 2019-2020 will be made at the School Board Meeting on May 14, with a Special Meeting, May 8 for a First Reading.




Message from the Superintendent

Dear Edmonds School District Students, Families, Staff & Community,

We are entering an unprecedented time in public education in the State of Washington. We have a whole new funding system as well as a new school and district accountability system. We are working hard to respond to these significant changes and look forward to discussing the impacts and next steps with you over the coming months.

We have an amazing team of dedicated professionals committed to “Building Bright Futures” for each and every student we serve. Together with our families and community support, we are building the best school system in the State of Washington (and I would add the entire Country).  

Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving as your superintendent. Here’s to a bright and productive ’18-’19 School Year!

With highest regard,

Dr. Kris McDuffy

Dr. Kristine McDuffy
Superintendent


Superintendent Budget Presentation

 


School Funding in Washington State



What’s Happening?

 

What’s Happening?
A complex new school funding model was implemented by the Washington State legislature in 2018, following the state Supreme Court ruling that Washington had not been meeting its paramount duty to fully fund basic education for decades.

While the new legislation resulted in an increase of state funding to education, the ability for districts to fund education locally was dramatically reduced, resulting in significant financial challenges for many school districts. Without a legislative fix, district leaders are bracing for cuts to staff and programs in the coming years in order to maintain financial viability.

The new legislation also left big gaps in funding for special education, school counselors, nurses, and other critical services and has caused significant inequities among school districts (even neighboring school districts) across the state.A complex new school funding model was implemented by the Washington State legislature in 2018, following the state Supreme Court ruling that Washington had not been meeting its paramount duty to fully fund basic education for decades.

 

While the new legislation resulted in an increase of state funding to education, the ability for districts to fund education locally was dramatically reduced, resulting in significant financial challenges for many school districts. Without a legislative fix, district leaders are bracing for cuts to staff and programs in the coming years in order to maintain financial viability.

 

The new legislation also left big gaps in funding for special education, school counselors, nurses, and other critical services and has caused significant inequities among school districts (even neighboring school districts) across the state.

 



What’s Happening?

A complex new school funding model was implemented by the Washington State legislature in 2018, following the state Supreme Court ruling that Washington had not been meeting its paramount duty to fully fund basic education for decades.

While the new legislation resulted in an increase of state funding to education, the ability for districts to fund education locally was dramatically reduced, resulting in significant financial challenges for many school districts. Without a legislative fix, district leaders are bracing for cuts to staff and programs in the coming years in order to maintain financial viability.

The new legislation also left big gaps in funding for special education, school counselors, nurses, and other critical services and has caused significant inequities among school districts (even neighboring school districts) across the state.


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