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anacortes_schools.jpgAs expected the School Board approved budget cuts requested by school Superintendent Chris Borgen, including making $140,000 available for emergency use, if it is needed during this school year. 

As expected the School Board approved budget cuts requested by school Superintendent Chris Borgen, including making $140,000 available for emergency use, if it is needed during this school year. 

The $140,000 was made available by the School Board’s approval Thursday night of a reduction in the School District’s Reserve account from 5 percent to 4.5 percent. Borgen said “There’s a good chance we’ll need to use that money.”

The School Board also agreed to defer the purchase of one school bus for one year, a savings of about $120,000 for the current year.

Stressing the importance of the current budget situation, Board member Kris Lytton said “We can’t spend money we don’t have.” She added “This is an emergency; we need to defer big ticket items.”

When the School Board set the budget for this school year, they over-estimated the number of students that would be attending this year. Now, with fewer students, there will be less financial support coming to the district from the federal and state governments.

Superintendent Borgen told the Board, however, “You cannot continue to fund recurring revenue shortfalls out of cash revenues,” referring the possibility of using money from the District’s reserve account.

Lytton was not optimistic about the future, saying “I think next year will be worse.”

Borgen said there will not be a reduction in the number of teachers this year. He said “We’re keeping the cuts far away from the classroom.”

Borgen had earlier announced a series of cuts.

  • Building and program budgets will be frozen by 20% at this time
  • Freeze on all field trips, unless paid for out of grants, donations, or 100% student paid.
  • Freeze on nonessential operating costs
  • Freeze on all hiring, unless the position is deemed as essential

 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

567 Skagit Cases (+9)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

60 Hospitalizations (+0)
16 Deaths (+0)
454 Recovered
12,653 Tested
4.5% Positive

37,941 Cases Statewide (+521)
4,630 Hospitalizations (+42)

1,394 Deaths Statewide (+10)
645,072 Total Tests Statewide
5.9% Positive

Updated 7:00 pm July 8, 2020.

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