• Providing high-quality education to more than 10,000 students is our priority and something we take seriously as responsible stewards of public funds, efficiently and effectively allocating District resources wisely.

    To help provide a better understanding of Sumner-Bonney Lake School District's budget and what is required to educate our student population, we've put together a high-level overview of Washington state school funding and financial information specific to our District in a clear and concise manner. We hope this information explains, in simple terms, the complexities of the District’s budget process and gives you an idea of where our money comes from, what it pays for and how we use it.

    2021-22 School Year

    Budget Presentations

    Monthly Budget Status Reports

    2021-22 Fiscal Year (Sept. 1, 2021 - Aug. 31, 2022)

    Budget Development Calendar: 2021-22 School Year

    • Legislative Session: January 11, 2021 – April 25, 2021
    • Projection: January – February 2020
    • School Board Presentation: Legislative Update: February 17, 2021
    • Staffing Allocation: March – April 2021
    • School Board Presentation: Budget Report – Staffing & Legislative Update: March 17, 2021
    • School Board Presentation: Legislative Update & Final Enrollment Numbers: April 21, 2021
    • School Board Presentation: Budget and Legislative Update: May 18, 2021
    • HR Staffing Data Push: May 15, 2021
    • School Board Presentation: Budget and Legislative Update: June 8, 2020
    • School Board Presentation: Budget Preliminary Review: July 7, 2021
    • F-195 Due to ESD: July 10, 2021
    • Budget Adoption: August 18, 2021


    School districts receive COVID-19 response funds; SBLSD focuses spending on school safety, student success

    Emergency relief funding

    To help reopen schools and recover from the effects of COVID-19, Congress implemented legislation that gives schools nationwide one-time federal funding called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund, which comes in three waves: ESSER I, II, and III.

    ESSER emergency relief funds address schools’ immediate, short-term needs for health and safety improvements, learning enhancements and support, and other programs that help students get back on track with their learning. 6/17/21

    How funds are spent

    The federal funding school districts receive varies based on the previous year’s percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced-price meals. ESSER funds do not replace regular funding from the state and levy sources, and include limitations on allowable uses and spending timeframes.

    In continuing to be responsible stewards of public funds, we are efficiently and effectively allocating these temporary dollars wisely with meaningful spending plans to support student success. Here’s an overview of what the District has purchased and categories for planned expenses of ESSER funding.

    2019-20: $1.4 million 

    • Covered lost revenue from fees normally collected from Child Nutrition and Childcare 
    • Purchase of PPE and thermometers
    • Purchase of internet hotspots and technology equipment 

    2020-21 and 2021-22: $2.8 million

    • Air quality improvement for all buildings (filters, control system, HVAC repair): $1 million
    • Health and safety for staff and students (PPE, supervision) : $0.7 million
    • Academic supports (additional teachers, counselors, paras, family support): $0.8 million
    • Other: $0.3 million

    Allowable uses:

    • Academic loss recovery
    • Promote health and safety within school buildings
    • High-quality instructional materials to accelerate student learning
    • Academic recovery and accelerated learning initiatives
    • Interim and formative assessment tools
    • School facilities and infrastructure improvements
    • Broadband and technology
    • Mental Health Support
    • Distant Learning Program

    View the budget update presented at the June 8 school board meeting and learn more about our budget at www.sumnersd.org/budget.