Central Valley School District bracing for $12 million budget shortfall

Central Valley School District bracing for $12 million budget shortfall
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Similar to other Eastern Washington school districts, the Central Valley School District is expecting to face a budget deficit in the upcoming school year.

According to CVSD, they are expecting a $12 million shortfall for the 2019-2020 school year. District officials said they are still in early stages of discussing what will happen as a result.

CVSD administrators said they are working together with the school board to identify ways to balance next year’s budget with student learning at the forefront. As it stands, CVSD has 14,000 students and more than 1,000 certified employees.

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“Our guiding principle is to maintain as many direct services and engagement opportunities for students as possible,” said Superintendent Ben Small. “It is difficult to make cuts to programs that we know are all beneficial to our students.”

The school board adopted a resolution on April 8 declaring a financial emergency and directing Small to prepare a budget accounting for the deficit. The board heard initial budget action recommendations at a meeting Monday night. The district is working toward a modified education plan that will be discussed during board meetings in May.

“We are on a path that we did not choose, but what we choose to do is to focus on the students and staff of the Central Valley School District as we work through this difficult challenge,” said Small.

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CVSD’s deficit announcement comes on the tails of the Mead School District and Spokane Public Schools. MSD expects a $12 million deficit for the upcoming school year, while SPS expects a $31 million budget gap. SPS laid off over 300 employees earlier this month as a result.

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