Lake Washington School District Budget Input Sessions Set

Public input will help determine cuts again this year

While the state legislature is still working on the state budget, indications are that K-12 public education will get even less money next year from the state. Estimates of the revenue loss for Lake Washington School District based on current proposals range from $3.6 million to $8.4 million. Cutting that much more from the district budget after last year’s $7.7 million reduction will be difficult.

Last year’s budget input from parents, staff and community members provided important direction for the district’s budget process. A similar process will be used this year. Parents, staff and community members are invited to attend any one of five meetings where they will receive information on the expected budget and potential options for where to reduce the district budget. Everyone will have the opportunity to fill out and submit a form with their choices.

“Last year’s process really helped us understand community priorities,” said Dr. Chip Kimball, superintendent. “I encourage all citizens, especially parents, to come and weigh in on what is most important for our school district.”

Meeting dates and times:

March 16 – Juanita High School, 7-9 p.m.

March 17 – Rose Hill Jr. High, 4-6 p.m.

March 17 – Lake Washington High School, 7-9 p.m.

March 24 – Redmond High School, 7-9 p.m.

March 25 – Eastlake High School, 7-9 p.m.

For those who cannot attend one of these meetings, the information will also be available on the district Web site. An online input form will be open from March 16 through March 26.