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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.

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


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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