Budget work started late this year due to the delayed end of the legislative session. The district had one week in which to determine potential RIF’s. Due to enrollment losses and other factors, our budget gap for next year is $2.4 million.
As part of the budget development process, the Budget Study Team comprised of staff, parents, and community works with the finance staff to develop potential reductions. That information is shared with Cabinet-level staff and the Board of Directors. Staff and public meetings are scheduled to provide information and seek input on the proposed budget.
Over the past four years the State of Washington has reduced funding for education by $2.1 billion. The Supreme Court has found the state funding for education to be unconstitutionally low. In Marysville this means $21 million in budget reductions over the past several years...and an additional $2.4 million in reductions for the 2012-2013 school year.
The development of the budget for next year is a process that began earlier this year. We are required to meet deadlines such as teacher notification by May 15th (if their contract will not be continued), and initial submission of the budget to the state by the end of June with final submission in August. It is our goal to have priority budget work completed by June 18th so that staff may be informed in a timely way.
Attached is a list of budget meetings scheduled in schools for staff, and meetings for the public. Staff are also welcome to attend any of the public meetings. Again, the work to finalize the budget needs to be completed by the end of the school year so that staff can be properly notified.
Questions about the budget development process may be directed to Jim Baker, Executive Director of Finance, call 360-653-0803, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.