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The School Board has approved a $29.1-million budget for the coming school year that will rely on unspent funds from previous years to balance.

School District Finance Director Lisa Matthews Thursday night showed the School Board a graph charting district expenses and revenue for the last few years and explained that because the coming year’s shortfall will draw on leftover money from this year, the district won’t need to dip into reserves.

Matthews forecast increased revenues from a voter-approved levy last year, a tech levy also approved by voters and increased state allocations in the amount of $719,000 required by a court decision.

She said this coming year, the district will hire a new assistant principal, as well as a dedicated mental health professional to work mostly at the elementary school level. The district is also planning to hire a math coach to show teachers how to teach math using the new Common Core standards. And, she said, the tech levy has allowed hiring of technology coaches for teachers.

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COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,492 Confirmed Skagit Cases
373 Hospitalizations
79 Deaths
66,524 Fully Vaccinated
72,506 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

429,337 Confirmed Cases Statewide
26,498 Hospitalizations

6,089 Deaths Statewide
4,006,111 Fully Vaccinated
4,367,098 Initial Doses Given

Updated 10pm, July 26, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times