$18M budget shortfall expected for Edmonds School District | Our Schools

By Kristine McDuffy | Mar 20, 2019

It is hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the 2018-2019 school year.

As we continue to work to prepare our students for the future, we are also working to best prepare the district for the future.

We are excited to bring you an update on our strategic direction, Blueprint 2025. Your voice matters.

Please participate in upcoming opportunities to provide your input.

We are also facing some big challenges with the new funding system for public education in the state of Washington. The last two legislative sessions brought significant changes in how school districts receive state revenue, as well as caps and limitations on how we can collect local revenue.

All 295 school districts in our state are impacted differently by these variables, but many will be facing significant budget shortfalls.

Here in Edmonds School District, we are projecting a shortfall of about $18 million for the 2019-2020 school year. We are asking all members of our team to examine their budgets to look for possible areas of saving. We are using the following filters:

  • Does this expenditure align with “Our Commitment: Equity of Opportunity, Effective Learning for All Students, PreK-3rd Grade Early Learning, and Graduates Who Are Ready for Life?”
  • How does this expenditure support our core work of student learning?
  • What is the return-on-investment (cost/benefit), and how do we know?

You can learn more about funding changes and how we are rising to meet these challenges at bit.ly/ESDBudget19-20. I’d also like to invite you all to attend one of our upcoming budget information sessions:

  • March 18 - 6:30 p.m. – Meadowdale High School library
  • March 21 - 6:30 p.m. – Lynnwood High School library
  • April 16 - 6:30 p.m. – Edmonds-Woodway High School library
  • April 18 - 6:30 p.m. Mountlake Terrace High School library

We are continuing to work hard to ensure that our students are getting the very best education possible.

Despite the many challenges we face, there are many opportunities for us to be the best school district in the state and top tier in the nation.

Together we are building bright futures.

Kristine McDuffy is superintendent of the Edmonds School District.


Comments (1)
Posted by: Jim Shelton | Mar 20, 2019 14:44

What a surprise!

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