Mead School District to address $12M budget shortfall at public meeting
MEAD, Wash. — In an email that went out to families, the Mead School District said it is anticipating a $12 million budget shortfall for the 2019-2020 school year.
The announcement comes on the tail of Spokane Public Schools’ announcement of widespread layoffs as a result of budget constraints of a new state funding model.
MSD will hold a public board meeting on April 17 to address the budget gap. Superintendent Tom Rockefeller developed and plans to recommend a Modified Education Program to the board then.
No action will be taken on the program until after the public has the opportunity to comment on the proposed reductions. The community will be able to provide public comment on the Modified Education Program at the regular board meeting scheduled for April 22, as well as at a special board meeting on April 24.
According to the email, following public comment, the board may direct Superintendent Rockefeller to amend the Modified Education Program before any formal action is taken.
“The amount of state funding for basic education is uncertain because legislators are still negotiating the 2019-21 general operating budget, which contains most of the money for the state’s share of school programs,” the email read.
The Legislature is set to adjourn on April 28, but has the potential to go into a special session. According to the email, the absolute deadline for the Legislature to pass a new budget is at midnight on June 30.
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