The Anacortes School Board has approved its 2017-18, highlighting the district’s focus on additional professional development time for staff and lower class sizes.
The $36.9 million budget, approved last Thursday, includes a considerable investment in people, with more than 83 percent of the budget allocated for personnel costs.
“A budget is a district’s value statement,” said Board President Bobbilyn Hogge. “Our teachers and staff are committed to providing the highest caliber education to our students. This budget reflects an investment in quality instruction that is key to our students’ success.”
The budget also supports 21st century learning, focusing on the district’s digital conversion and providing teacher support through technology coaches.
Finance Director Dave Cram noted that the budget places the focus on students, while maintaining fiscally responsible reserves.
In the next year, the district plans to focus its attention on equity and closing the “achievement gap.” This year, the district eliminated fees for art and career and technical education classes at the high school. The district will continue to review its fees and find ways to reduce barriers for students and families, while also managing its funds in a fiscally responsible manner.