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2019-20 Budget Development

UPDATE:

With the input of hundreds of people, Evergreen Public Schools Board of Directors and Superintendent/COO Mike Merlino developed a final 2019-20 budget that will be considered for adoption at the August 27 Board meeting.  The proposed budget uses the input gained from six community meetings attended by hundreds of community members, additional funding obtained through a special legislative earmark from Senator Annette Cleveland, as well as a one-time transfer from the district’s reserve fund. 

To review the proposed 2019-20 Budget as presented during its First Reading at the August 13 Board meeting, click here:

 

 

For a review of the process, timeline and input received during the spring of 2019, see the information below:

 Las Escuelas Públicas Evergreen se enfrentan a un déficit de presupuesto para el año escolar 2019-20.

 Государственные школы Эвергрин столкнулись с дефицитом бюджета на 2019-20 учебный год.

Recent state education funding changes, decreased student enrollment and higher labor costs have Evergreen Public Schools dealing with a potential budget shortfall that was first projected to be $15-18 million, and now, has dropped to $12 million with some help from the Washington state legislature, heading into the 2019-20 school year. Evergreen is not alone in dealing with the aftermath of the state changes made to comply with the McCleary state Supreme Court decision. Recent projections show 253 of the state’s 295 school districts will face a shortfall.

The Board of Directors implemented a public district budget process to move toward fiscal sustainability-and do so in a way that is reflective of Evergreen’s core values.  One of these long-time values is transparency and broad input when making difficult budget decisions.  

During the month of March, four Community Budget Forums were held. Over 500 people attended and provided feedback on potential reductions to close the multi-million dollar gap. The responses linked below from each meeting reflect input from staff, community members and students.  In addition, dozens of emails and telephone responses were also tabulated. Over the course of the month of March, similar questions were asked to help clarify the budget situation. The most Frequently Asked Questions are listed below:

Budget Development FAQ

Over the last several months, the input was reviewed, and the Washington state legislature modified some school funding formulas, and also included a one-time infusion of funding directed specifically at the Evergreen and Vancouver School Districts that will be dispersed over the next two years. Different scenarios were developed based on the most recent funding and staffing projections, along with the input received from the community. These plans will then be presented in two Community Budget Forums:

Monday, May 20
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Heritage High School Media Center

Thursday, May 30
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Mountain View High School Media Center

Over the summer, the Board will review input received during the public process, as well as the final state and local funding allocations, and provide direction to the staff. The Board is scheduled to take final action on the 2019-20 budget in August.

Budget Development Presentation (May)

Budget Development Presentation (March)

At the four Community Budget Forums held in March, all comments, ideas and suggestions were recorded and compiled into one document per Forum. The data contained in the documents is “raw” and not edited or verified, but reflects statements made by participants.

Please email input to community.relations@evergreenps.org. Information gathered from participants is linked next to each meeting:

Thursday, March 14
Heritage High School Media Center
Participants: Approximately 160
Community Forum Responses

 

Monday, March 18
Evergreen High School Media Center
Participants: Approximately 140
Community Forum Responses

 

Thursday, March 21
Union High School Media Center
Participants: Approximately 120
Community Forum Responses

 

Thursday, March 28
Mountain View High School Media Center
Participants: Approximately 110
Community Forum Responses

Media Coverage

The Columbian:

https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/may/20/evergreen-public-schools-expected-budget-deficit-drops/

https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/apr/07/clark-county-school-districts-are-in-the-red/

https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/mar/12/evergreen-public-schools-exploring-areas-to-cut-budget/

https://www.columbian.com/news/2019/mar/14/evergreen-schools-forum-attracts-input-on-expected-budget-cuts/

Clark County Today:

https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/news/evergreen-school-district-officials-detail-proposed-budget-cuts/

KATU:

https://katu.com/news/local/evergreen-school-district-takes-public-input-on-15-million-budget-shortfall

Seattle Times: 

https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/legislatures-solution-to-mccleary-school-funding-case-leaves-most-state-districts-projecting-budget-shortfalls/

 

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