Budget Status Update - August 9, 2010
The 2010-2011 Budget was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors on August 9, 2010.

Budget Status Update - July 15, 2010
A Public Hearing regarding the 2010-2011 Budget was held during the Board Meeting on July 12, 2010. The budget is scheduled to be presented for Board adoption on August 9, 2010.

Budget Status Update - June 15, 2010
Last night our School Board adopted a resolution to close Trafton Elementary School effective at the end of this school year.  This was a very difficult and emotional decision.  After an exhaustive 90-day review the Board concluded that given our continued budget crisis, the excess capacity in our elementary schools, and the extensive facility needs at the school, it was in the best interest of the entire District to close the school. 

These continue to be challenging times but this is an incredibly strong, resilient organization doing GREAT things for our students.  Thanks to our staff for all you do to maintain the focus -- our students, their success. 

Dr. Kristine McDuffy
Superintendent

Budget Status Update - May 12, 2010
Last week, unfortunately, Superintendent McDuffy personally informed six (6) certificated staff members that they would receive Reduction in Force (RIF) notices by the May 15th contract deadline.  The School Board accepted those reductions at their meeting May 10th.  This is a difficult time for our school district family.  Classified staff reductions are on the agenda for the June 14th meeting.

An addendum to the Trafton Analysis Report was submitted to the Board during the regular meeting, after the Public Hearing (the next public hearing is set for May 24th).  A copy of the addendum is available under the Resources tab on this page.

Budget Status Update - April 26, 2010
School Board of Directors signed a Resolution Preparing for a Reduction of the 2010-11 General Fund Budget <more>

Budget Status Report - April 20, 2010
Arlington Public Schools continue to face financial challenges.  Last year we had to make up a $3.8 million budget shortfall.  This year we face approximately $1.6-$1.8 million in reductions due to declining enrollment, federal and state funding reductions, low fund balance, excess capacity in our schools, employee contracts (87% of our budget is people-salaries and benefits).  Please stay informed and provide feedback.

BUDGET IMPACTS FROM SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION

The legislature passed the supplemental budget on the last day of the 2010 special session. It will still take a few weeks for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to generate the reports which will inform our district as to the revenues we will receive next school year. The budget (and accompanying policy and revenue bills) still must be signed by the Governor.  

BUDGET DEVELOPMENT TIMELINE & MEETING SCHEDULE

Nov-January Initial Projections

2/8/10 School Board Adopts Enrollment

3/18/10 State Revenue Forecast Released

3-4/26/10 16 of 18 Budget Q&A Forums completed

4/24/10   Public Tour of Trafton Campus

4/29/10   6:00pm Community Budget Q&A Forum, Haller Middle School

4/30/10 2:15pm Budget Q&A Forum (staff/public*) Food Svs Dept (A.O.)

5/2/10 2-3:30pm Public Tour of Trafton Campus Trafton School Site

5/5 & 5/6/10 Certificated Reduction in Force Notices (goal)

5/10/10 6:00pm School Board Mtg @ Presidents Elementary
Budget Related Agenda Items Include:
-Certificated Staffing Action
-Trafton Public Hearing

5/15/10     Certificated RIF Notice Delivery Deadline

5/24/10     6:00pm   School Board Mtg
Budget Related Agenda Items Include:
-Trafton Public Hearing

6/14/10   Classified Staffing Notices (goal)

6/14/10  6:00pm   School Board Meeting (Trafton Action)

June/July Finalize Budget

7/12/10  6:00pm   School Board Meeting/Public Hearing (Budget)

8/9/10 6:00pm   School Board Meeting (Budget Adoption)

MEETING TYPE GLOSSARY:
Budget Q&A Forums (a.k.a. Cookies and Conversation) - Informal meeting consisting of short presentation and open Q&A session with Superintendent Kristine McDuffy.  Up to two (2) School Board members may also be present at Community forums. 

*The public is welcome to attend; please check in at the office to receive a Visitor Pass and directions to the meeting location.

School Board Meetings - Regular business meetings held the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month.  Agendas are available online.  To speak to the Board during the audience portion of the meeting sign up on the clipboard outside the meeting room.  The Board is there to listen and does not respond to questions or comments during the course of a business meeting.  An informational brochure "What to Expect at a Board Meeting" with this and other information is available at the meeting or at www.asd.wednet.edu/board

Public Hearings - Formal opportunity to provide public testimony.  School Board will recess from regular business meeting, open Public Hearing and at the conclusion, reconvene their regular business meeting.

HOW TO STAY INFORMED
•  Frequent Dedicated Budget Information Webpage - www.asd.wednet.edu/current
•  Attend Forums
•  Key Communicator - sign up at www.keycommunicator.org
•  Contact your Legislators: Legislative Hotline 1-800-562-6000 or       www.leg.wa.gov/lic/hotline

FEEDBACK OPPORTUNITIES
Each Board member will receive copies of all communication submitted to the Public Information Office via the opportunities listed here:
•  Contact the Public Information Office via email at PublicInfo@asd.wednet.edu, phone (360)618-6207 or writing 315 N. French Ave., Arlington WA 98223
•  Attend Budget Q&A Forums
•  Testify at Public Meeting (see reverse for meeting format information)
•  Complete an Electronic Contact Form at www.asd.wednet.edu/board