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The school district is anticipating a budget shortfall of $450,000 this school year. The Anacortes School Board Thursday night approved a plan to form a finance committee to figure out how to cut expenses.

Cindy Simonsen, the district’s director of learning and instruction, had predicted that there would be 2,705 full-time equivalent students this year, but when classes started, there were 67 fewer students.

Simonsen said the cut in enrollment was completely unanticipated. Simonsen told the school board that she expects the high school would finish the year with fewer than 800 students, the lowest enrollment in many years.

With the unanticipated drop in enrollment combined with a drop the school district had anticipated, the high school will have lost 147 full-time equivalent students since last year.

The finance committee, which will consist of two school board members and others from the district’s leadership committee, will meet within a week to take a closer look at just what to do.

School Superintendent Chris Borgen, meanwhile, told the school board that district needs to restrict out-of-district travel, not fill open positions and scrutinize other costs.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,609 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

358,592 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,434 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 17, 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

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