After waiting for months for the state Legislature to approve a school budgeting plan, the Northshore School District Board of Directors began the process of adopting a school budget at its July 11 meeting.
Although district officials are still digesting the details of the school funding plan signed July 1 by Gov. Jay Inslee, and how spending decisions in Olympia will affect Northshore schools beyond the 2017-2018 schoolyear, passage of the education spending measure allowed the district to begin considering a new spending plan.
The broad outline of the 2017-2018 budget submitted by Superintendent Michelle Reid includes the following:
General Fund budget: $257.5 million
Capital Projects Fund budget: $106.8 million
Debt Service Fund budget: $44.4 million
Associated Student Body Fund budget: $4.9 million
Transportation Vehicle Fund budget: $950,000
The budgeting process at Northshore and other district’s throughout the state was delayed by the Legislature’s extended debate on a state spending plan. The Legislature’s regular session ended in April, and a series of special sessions have been necessary to adopt plans for schools and other state spending.
Under the district’s current budgeting schedule, the school board will hold a public hearing on the budget proposal Aug. 14, and will vote on the budget Aug. 28, only four days before the district’s 2017-2018 fiscal year.