Mukilteo School District is experiencing significant budget concerns. We are not alone in this, as many school districts in our state are in similar situations. There are several causes leading to this “perfect storm” of funding shortages:
- Decreased enrollment
- Lingering McCleary Case outcomes
- Inadequate state funding
- End of one-time federal funding
The combination of the above factors has culminated in a budget shortfall for many school districts to varying degrees. Each of the above contributing factors is more thoroughly explained below.
What is most important is that we need to cut six to eight percent ($20-25 million) of our district’s general budget to maintain a three-percent fund balance next year, which is the minimum required for the district. Some of this will be done through attrition when staff resign or retire and will not be replaced. However, we’ll need to take additional measures to make it through this challenging time. You’ll hear more about those measures as we gather information about existing needs and costs for this school year and plan for next year’s budget. There will be multiple opportunities to share your thoughts about budget priorities and ask questions in February and March. In the meantime, district schools and departments are only making essential expenditures for the remainder of this school year.