LWSD | School District Budget Input Meetings This Week Postponed Pending State Budget

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Meetings for 24th and 25th remain on the calendar

Lake Washington School District scheduled budget input meetings for this week and next based on the determination of school funding in the state budget by the end of the legislature’s regularly scheduled session last Friday, March 12. The range of potential budget cuts for the district based on different proposals is from no cut to as much as $15 million. There is still no word from Olympia on how state funding for Lake Washington School District will change next year. As a result, the budget input meetings scheduled for March 16 and 17 at Juanita High School, Rose Hill Junior High and Lake Washington High School are being postponed.

The legislature is meeting this week in an extended session and we hope the state budget will be finalized by Friday. The meetings scheduled for March 24 and 25 will remain on the calendar (7-9 p.m., at Redmond High School on the 24th and Eastlake High School on the 25th). After the legislative session is complete, it will be determined if the meetings for Lake Washington High School and Juanita High School as well as an afternoon meeting at Rose Hill Junior High will be rescheduled or  if all meetings will be cancelled.

“We thought that by this time the level of cuts would be pretty clear,” noted Deputy Superintendent of Operations Janene Fogard. “Right now, the amounts are still very much up in the air. We want to make sure that our budget meetings are a good use of the community’s time and will wait until we have the final numbers rather than asking for input on a range of scenarios.”

All district parents and staff are being called today using the School Messenger system to let them know the meetings are being postponed. Community members are encouraged to check the district’s web site at www.lwsd.org to confirm the meeting schedule.

Meeting schedule:

  • March 16 – Juanita High School, 7-9 p.m.  - POSTPONED
  • March 17 – Rose Hill Jr. High, 4-6 p.m. – POSTPONED
  • March 17 – Lake Washington High School, 7-9 p.m. - POSTPONED
  • March 24 – Redmond High School, 7-9 p.m.
  • March 25 – Eastlake High School, 7-9 p.m.

More information will be available on an updated schedule by March 22.