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District Budget Information 2011-2012
(updated 6-15-2011)

2011 Budget Priorities

• Reserves 6% of expenditures in fund balance, as per Board policy
• Reserves 1% of budget for capital facilities and maintenance expenditures
• Provides resources for the Board of Directors’ Ends Policy
• Considers fund reductions that least impact students and learning

2011 Budget Documents

three dot arrow UPDATED 2011-2012 Budget Blueprint (pdf)
three dot arrow 2011-2012 Fund Balance (pdf)
three dot arrow 2011-2012 Maintenance & Capital Facilities budget (pdf)
three dot arrow 2011-2012 Proposed Maintenance and Repair Budget (pdf)

Revised Budget Message, June 22, 2011

As part of budget deliberations at the special meeting of the Board on June 21, Gordon Washburn's position as associate principal at Washougal High School was reinstated. Click here to view the revised Budget Message reflecting that change.

2011-2012 Budget Update (posted 6-15-2011)

At its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 14, the Board of Directors reviewed data and recommendations for the 2011-12 budget. The Board has scheduled another budget work session next Tuesday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the district office. It is anticipated that key decisions regarding next year's budget will be made at that time.

To review the budget planning documents under consideration by the Board, please download the files attached in the left sidebar.

A brief summary of recommendations regarding staff "reduction in force" and state mandated salary reductions is provided here:

Administrative Reduction in Force
Restructuring of 1.0 FTE associate principal position at WHS, with reassignment to new position as "Student Services Administrator"
Do not hire assistant superintendent position; reduce position to 1.0 FTE Curriculum Director

Certificated, non-administrative Reduction in Force
Restore the employment of 8.55 FTE from the RIF list --- 9 staff members to receive contracts
No change in 1.85 FTE who are on the RIF list -- 4 staff members
No change in 4.25 FTE who are on the provisional non-renewal list -- 6 staff members

Classified Staff Reduction
Reduction to 4.0 hours/day, Library Assistant I position at WHS
No reduction in LAP para-educator hours or staff members
Reduction based on restructuring of Special Services department--all employees who have not retired will still be employed in the district
Reduction based on restructuring of Transportation department--all employees who have not retired will still be employed in the district

Administrative Salary Reduction --3%
The state provides $57,986 for 11.1 FTE administrators, and 3% of that funding will be reduced by the state. The reduction will be uniformly distributed across all administrators, and each administrative contract will be reduced by an equitable portion of the 3% reduction. The fund reduction is estimated to be $22,500.

Certificated Salary Reduction -- 1.9%
Sheila Good, WAE president and Doug Bright, Human Resources Director, are in communication regarding the application of the state's mandated state salary reduction for certificated staff. The mandate is a 1.9% salary reduction to be applied uniformly through the State teacher salary (LEAP) schedule. The fund reduction is estimated to be $151,700.

Classified Salary Reduction --1.9%
On behalf of its members, the PSE bargaining unit agreed that all members will take one unpaid Holiday during the 2011-12 school year. The fund reduction is estimated to be $33,300. The District will absorb approximately $7,500 of that amount, a cost above the reduction of 1 Holiday per employee that will not be passed on to PSE employees. The overage amount is too small to distribute and prior budget history has taken a toll on classified staff salaries.

Additional information regarding the budget will continue to be posted on this website as more information becomes available.

Long-range Capital Improvement Plan, 2010-2020
As part of the District's Strategic Facilities Plan, a ten-year capital facilities plan provides the direction for long-term capital improvements and maintenance. To view the Facilities Strategic Plan and the Capital Improvement Plan, please click here.

Update to the 2011-2012 Budget Blueprint (posted 5-25-2011)

The Washougal School District Board of Directors received and listed to input regarding the proposed Budget Blueprint. At the school board meeting on May 24, the Board agreed by consensus to modify the Budget Blueprint, removing the line item that proposed elimination of one associate principal position at Washougal High School as part of the worst case scenario. The modified Budget Blueprint is available here and replaces the earlier version.

Superintendent's 2011-2012 Budget Blueprint

District releases budget blueprint outlining potential budget reductions for 2011-12
Superintendent Teresa Baldwin released a budget blueprint today outlining potential budget reductions for 2011-12. The blueprint is based on these fundamental understandings:

1. Budget reductions are inevitable, but the full extent of state budget reductions is still unknown. The final budget will not be developed until revenue and reductions are released from the state.

2. A "Reduction in Force" (RIF) is inevitable based on three factors:
> A legislative bill was passed in the first session eliminating K-4 enhancement funds (which funded 3.8 teachers):
> An analysis of class size and staffing data indicated overstaffing at some grade levels/subjects, based on contractual class size;
> The roll-up of current students (exiting seniors, projecting Kindergarten class size, rolling up all grade levels) resulted in a lower projected enrollment for next year.

3. Special Education and Title I funded positions are not included in the budget blueprint.

4. Learning Assistance Program (LAP) positions are included in the budget blueprint based on OSPI's projected decrease of 10% - 30% in LAP funding next year.

5. As a cost-saving measure, the assistant superintendent position will be reposted as a curriculum director position.

The District's Communications Committee will review the budget blueprint at its meeting on Thursday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the district office.

Staff and community members may submit questions or comments by email to: teresa.baldwin@washougal.k12.wa.us

Public Communication Plan

May 4 Meeting with principals to review staffing, RIF rationale and names
Meeting with WAE leaders to review staffing, RIF rationale and names

May 9 Superintendent’s Message to staff regarding blueprint for potential reductions
Meeting with PSE leaders to review potential reductions for classified staff

May 10 Board of Directors reviews and discusses proposed budget blueprint

May 11 Superintendent’s Message to staff with budget blueprint as attachment
Announce staff meetings at each school to address budget blueprint
Publish budget blueprint on district website
Conduct RIF conferences and notifications (Doug Bright and principals)

May 12 Communications Committee reviews and discusses budget blueprint

May 12 – 27 Staff meetings at each school to review budget blueprint

July 10 Statutory deadline for filing draft of 2011-12 Budget with ESD 112

August 23 Budget Hearing and Board approval of 2011-12 Budget