Approved District Budget
Each year, the district's Business Services department develops a budget for the upcoming school year. This extensive process typically begins in December, concurrent with the launch of each legislative session, and culminates with a board adoption in July.
Current General Fund (operational) budget priorities for the 2019-20 school year included: incremental staffing and operational expenditures related to the opening of the new and expanded Mount Si High School, and the re-opening of a third middle school – Snoqualmie Middle School; enhancements to staff compensation; reductions of student fees at the secondary level; maintaining a focus on the social-emotional needs of students, which included adding counselors to provide two counselors at each of our three middle schools; and sustaining curriculum implementations and professional development for staff. Thanks to increased state funding and ongoing local community support of our Educational Programs and Operations Levy, the 2019-20 budget adopted by the Board of Directors on August 22, 2019 provides significant contributions towards these priorities.
While the adopted budget continues to support these significant recent improvements, total expenditures are expected to exceed revenues by approximately $1.5M for the current fiscal year. Recent significant changes to state and local funding, as well as collective bargaining agreements, have impacted district budgeting across the state. As a result of prudent fiscal policy, the district’s reserves are sufficient to absorb this year’s projected imbalance. The School Board is committed to making thoughtful and intentional adjustments in future fiscal years that result in a balanced budget, while maintaining high levels of service and programming throughout the district.
In addition to the General Fund, the Board also adopted budgets for the Capital Projects Fund, the Associated Student Body Fund, the Debt Service Fund and the Transportation Vehicle Fund. The Capital Projects Fund authorizes expenditures for capital facilities needs in the district. Most of the activity in 2019-20 will be centered on the second phase of Mount Si High School Construction (Performing Arts Center and Baseball/Softball fields) and other asset improvements approved by voters in the 2015 bond.
The district is grateful to our community for supporting school bond initiatives. In addition to building Timber Ridge Elementary and the new Mount Si High School, numerous projects related to preserving and improving existing assets throughout the district have also taken place in recent years. Community members can view progress and read updates on these projects on the Facility Planning and Construction webpages.
A summary of each budget, adopted on August 22, 2019, as well as the presentation made during the public hearing held prior to board adoption, can be found at the following links:
2019-2020 Budget Presentation (32 Pages)
2019-2020 Budget Summary (36 Pages)
If you have additional questions concerning the district's budget or budget development process, please contact Ryan Stokes, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-831-8011.