Public invited to discuss recommendations to improve Mead School District’s budget gap

Public invited to discuss recommendations to improve Mead School District’s budget gap

The Mead School District will hold the first of two public meetings regarding the district’s multi-million dollar budget gap on Monday.

On April 12, MSD announced it is anticipating a $12 million budget shortfall for the 2019-2020 school year. The announcement came just hours after Spokane Public Schools announced major lay offs and a $31 million budget gap. Both districts state the budget issues stem from the McCleary decision, which redesigned the state’s funding distribution.

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Superintendent Tom Rockefeller developed a Modified Education Program, which was recommended to the school board. The plan includes cutting nearly 70 jobs, including coaches, custodians, teachers and counselors. The district is also exploring the option of cutting several programs in the district, like the Riverpoint Academy STEM School and Mead’s alternative high school. The proposed cuts would also take away more than $1.6 million of special education funding.

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At Monday’s meeting, the public will be allowed to comment on the MEP. The same goes for a meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

Following this week’s meetings, the school board may direct Superintendent Rockefeller to amend the MEP before any formal action is taken.

Monday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Northwood Middle School.

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