School Superintendent Chris Borgen says Anacortes schools will be hurt by cuts in the state budget proposed by the Governor. “Negatively impacted” was his term. Those cuts could mean small staff reductions.
Borgen was generally positive in reviewing Governor Gregroire’s budget proposal, saying “While these cuts will definitely impact all school Districts and result in the loss of staff playing critical roles in helping all our students to become School, Transition & College/Work Ready, we appreciate the tough decisions the governor had to make.”
Borgen said cuts to Initiative 728 funds represent an approximate reduction of $308,000, or about four teachers out of the 14 funded by I-728 grants to the Anacortes School District. I-728 funds help reduce class size and provide much-needed direct instructional support and assistance in core content areas.
The Governor also proposes suspending the cost-of-living raises that teachers receive under Initiative 732. Borgen said “We understand this is a tough decision for the Governor and it will negatively impact compensation for all teaching staff across the state, but we also recognize the tough fiscal times our own community members are currently experiencing.”
“Ultimately, we are grateful the Governor spared so many of our programs and clearly attempted to maintain direct instructional support to our students. We also sympathize and offer our support to State programs taking even greater reductions than K-12 education,” Borgen added in his statement.
The Governor's proposed budget goes before the state legislature next month.