8/19/20: School Board authorizes District to review operational needs in light of required distance learning format
The School Board this evening approved a resolution authorizing the District to begin reviewing operational needs based on the local health authority’s requirement to reopen the 2020-21 school year in a distance learning format.
With the required change from in-person instruction to online comes ripple effects to the District’s revenue (enrollment, transportation, rental fees, meal sales) and to operational needs, which includes staffing.
As the distance learning model changes the way the District must operate, we need to subsequently review and assess the most effective and efficient way to reorganize the District’s work to support our reopening plans. This means there’s a potential need to temporarily reorganize and/or reduce classified staff. These are decisions we don't take lightly.
This unforeseen situation is nothing we want, or expected, to implement. The pandemic has hit everyone hard in different ways that are out of our control.
We value and appreciate all of our employees, who are important members of our District family with a shared mission to educate every student, every day. We will continue to work hard to provide an exceptional learning experience for a successful school year ahead.
Resolution No. 33/19-20: Authorizing the Superintendent to Identify Reorganizations or Reductions in Classified Staffing
Budget Message: 5/5/20
Along with the state-mandated Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to slow the spread of COVID-19 comes negative economic impact to businesses, services and programs. Some may not realize that school districts are not immune to these budget blows.
We’re beyond grateful for the February passage of our Replacement Educational Programs & Operation levy. Our valued voters have made it possible for our District to remain financially stable amid this pandemic. Being steadfast stewards of taxpayer dollars paired with a conservative spending approach puts us in solid financial standing, but not without a substantial revenue loss of more than $2 million.
Here are some ways COVID-19 has affected Sumner-Bonney Lake School District’s budget for 2019-20 and some of the uncertainties we face when building our budget for 2020-21.
Sources of lost revenue for the 2019-20 school year:
- Facility rentals
- Sports/activity fees
- Tuition-based childcare/preschool
- Field trips (transportation-related costs)
- Meal sales
For the 2020-21 school year we face the following economic uncertainties:
- Potential decrease in student enrollment, which impacts funding
- Potential decrease in state and federal funding
With the anticipation of decreased funding and to help mitigate revenue loss, we’re preparing the District to be more resilient when hit with COVID 19 impacts, allowing us to focus on student learning. To do this, we’re implementing two conservative spending strategies now:
- Discretionary purchases for items or services not related to addressing COVID-19 or necessary to support core district functions will be reviewed and subject to approval
- Staffing and hiring will be carefully reviewed and possibly reallocated
2019-20 School Year
- 8/19/20: Budget Public Hearing: Presentation | Budget Summary: Fiscal Year 2020-21
- 7/1/20: Preliminary Budget Review 2020-21 as presented to the School Board at the July 1 meeting
- 5/12/20: Budget Update 2020-21 as presented to the School Board at the May 12 meeting
- 2/19/20: Budget Update as presented to the School Board at the Feb. 19 meeting
- 12/11/19: Year-End Budget as presented to the School Board at the Dec. 11 meeting | 2018-19 F-196
Monthly Budget Status Reports
2019-20 Fiscal Year (Sept. 1, 2019-Aug. 31, 2020)
Budget development calendar: 2020-21 School Year
- Legislative Session: January 13, 2020 – March 12, 2020
- Legislative update to the Board: February 19, 2020
- projection: January – February 2020
- Staffing Allocation: March – April 2020
- Budget update to the Board: May 12, 2020
- HR Staffing data final push to B.O: May 29, 2020
- Budget update to the Board: June 16, 2020
- Budget Preliminary Review with the Board: July 8, 2020
- F-195 Due to ESD: July 10, 2020
- Budget Adoption: August 19, 2020