Moses Lake School District facing budget shortfall, working on reduced staffing plan

Moses Lake School District facing budget shortfall, working on reduced staffing plan

The Moses Lake School District announced Tuesday that it is working on a plan to reduce staffing in response to a budget shortfall.

“Like many other school districts faced with the same reality, we are working on solutions to align our state provided staffing allocations with our staff in the Moses Lake School District,” said Superintendent Dr. Joshua Meek in a statement.

In 2018, the Levy collected $17,946,309, whereas the 2019 Levy has collected $6,154,329, resulting in a $11,791,980 budget shortfall.

Meek said that by not filling previously vacated positions, as well as increasing some class sizes, the district will do its best to avoid layoffs.

Any staff reductions that do take place, said Meek, will be based on seniority.

“We value our students and staff and take our commitment to their care and well-being seriously,” said Meek. “We will be working closely with our employee groups to discuss all of our options as our intent is to save jobs and continue to support Moses Lake School District staff and their families.”

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