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BISD's Budget Challenges for 2019-20 School Year

While there still remains a good portion of the 2018-19 school year left, spring is when BISD starts planning for the following school year. From welcoming new faces at our kindergarten information night, to discussing the upcoming senior year with the class of 2020 — this is the time of year where one foot remains in the present, while the other one tests out the waters of the future. Unfortunately, the budget waters for next year are rough, and BISD anticipates needing to reduce expenditures by approximately $2.6 - $3.4 million. This is due to a number of factors outlined below. 

Lower Enrollment:
Part of the planning process includes projecting next year’s enrollment. This is accomplished by analyzing historical trends and rolling up currently enrolled students to their next grade levels. For the 2019-20 school year, BISD anticipates 172 fewer students than the number we expected last spring when planning for 2018-19. This is a result of our lower than projected enrollment for the current year and a continuing projected decline for next year. 

•  BISD receives approximately $9,100 per student from the state, so a decrease of 172 students equals approximately $1.56 million less in our budget.

The McCleary Fix:
The McCleary Fix was the state’s attempt to amply fund K-12 public basic education. While the state did provide us with an increase in funding, it came with changes and some strings attached.

Salaries: On a positive note, the state provided additional money to compensate  employees so that BISD can better recruit and retain high quality staff. While the state provided additional dollars, the state also changed the allocation model for salaries, and provides a flat amount for staff, regardless of experience and education. The good news is BISD employes a well-educated and experienced staff. However, BISD no longer receive additional support from the state to compensate staff for years of experience and educational attainment. 

Benefits: The state is requiring all school districts to use the School Employee Benefits Board (SEBB) for health and dental insurance. The good news is that with SEBB, more BISD employees will qualify for health insurance. However, the new benefits system is not fully funded by the state, which results in an additional expense to the district for next year. 

Local Levy: With the McCleary Fix, the state limited the amount of voter-approved local levy dollars that our district can collect.

Next Steps:

• Staffing to enrollment is required. With fewer students, BISD will receive less money from the state. The district's Human Resources Department is currently projecting staffing models for next year and working closely with building and department administrators to determine staffing. 

• Before considering any reductions, BISD will incorporate retirements and resignations to mitigate the impact on staff. 

• The District Budget Advisory Committee (DBAC) is in the process of looking at the budget and are evaluating where areas for reductions in spending. They will bring an update to the School Board on April 11. The role DBAC is to support and advise the Bainbridge Island School District Board of Directors, Superintendent, and other district staff and committees in the development, review, and revision of both short and long-term financial management plans that support the mission and priorities of the District

• Any adjustments to staff will be made according to statutory and collective bargaining agreement timelines. 


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