With the Governor’s signature on the biennial budget last week, school districts are now receiving specific financial data on reduced funding for the next school year.
For the Lake Stevens School District, the amount of reduction is just over $1.1 million dollars. That is in addition to over $4.3 million in reductions over the past two fiscal years.
All cuts that have previously been made will remain in place.
For Lake Stevens the majority of reductions from the state are in the categories of K-4 enhanced funding for lower class size -$739,000, and pay reductions - $387,000.
The Lake Stevens School Board met for a study session on Friday, June 17, to receive information on the state’s reductions to the upcoming budget and its impact to schools.
“Based on the reduced funding that supported smaller class size in K-4, we are projecting that class sizes will increase, on average, by two students per class,” stated Amy Beth Cook, Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources.
There will be approximately 10 fewer elementary teachers in the ranks next year due to the decrease in state funding. These positions were decreased through attrition and not extending existing one-year contracts.
The district is currently developing its budget for the 2011-12 school year and information will be reviewed at board meetings scheduled for July 13, August 10 with budget adoption slated for August 24.