For the past month, the Edmonds School District has hosted weekly meetings at Lynnwood, Meadowdale and Mountlake Terrace high schools to inform parents about the difficult choices the district is facing to close a $6 million to $8 million budget gap. This Wednesday, local parents will be able to share their ideas and concerns at Edmonds-Woodway High School, starting at 6 p.m. in the theater.
Due in part to reductions in state education spending, Edmonds joins other school districts statewide in searching for ways to balance a shrinking budget. No final decisions have been made about where to cut in Edmonds, but Superintendent Nick Brossoit has committed to keeping class sizes at current levels. District officials are exploring several possibilities, including:
- Eliminating of middle school activity bus runs.
- Changing back to alternating day kindergarten.
- Increasing fees for middle and high school sports.
- Charging fees for 5th and 6th grade instrumental music.
- Looking at classified staffing levels and reassigning administrative staff.
- Making obvious reductions where possible, such as utility savings.
- Changing service models in warehouse, custodial, maintenance, human resources, business operations, technology, and health services.
The School Board is expected to make final decisions to adopt a balanced budget for 2010-11 with a first reading of the proposed budget on July 6 and a final, second reading on Aug. 10, 2010.
Additional details are available on the district’s budget website here.