The Northshore School District Board of Directors invites parents and community members to be part of the 2010–11 budget development process.
The state Legislature is expected to finish its session March 11 and further cuts to K-12 education funding for the 2010-11 fiscal year are expected.
Potential state education cuts could create a budget shortfall of more than $6 million for Northshore School District.
"Without community support of our local bond and levies, this shortfall would have been much greater," said Board President Dawn McCravey. "Sixty-five percent of our budget comes from the state and we may have to make painful cuts to balance the 2010-11 budget. We are looking for our community’s help with this difficult task."
Below is a list of key dates for community participation in the 2010–11 budget development process.
March 16-18: Conversations with the School Board
Parents and community members are invited to meet with individual board members to share their thoughts on the budget on Tuesday, March 16, 3–5 p.m.; Wednesday, March 17, 1–3 p.m.; and Thursday, March 18, 6–8 p.m.; in the board room at the Northshore School District Administrative Center, 3330 Monte Villa Pkwy., Bothell.
During each two-hour session, participants will spend 25 minutes discussing each of the questions listed below:
What are your priorities for education as we make decisions about the budget?
What are your ideas for cost savings?
What are your thoughts on basic education and enrichment?
What are ways to help?
April 20–22: Budget Workshops
Parents and community members are invited to help inform the board’s budget decisions by providing feedback at a budget workshop. Workshops will be held Tuesday, April 20, 6–8 p.m., Bothell High School commons, 9130 N.E. 180th St., Bothell; Wednesday, April 21, 6–8 p.m., Inglemoor High School cafeteria, 1550 Simonds Rd. N.E., Kenmore; and Thursday, April 22, 6–8 p.m., Woodinville High School commons, 19819 136th Ave. N.E., Woodinville.
The district will also post a survey on the district Web site, www.nsd.org from April 13-22 for those who are unable to attend a budget workshop. The survey will include the same questions asked at budget workshops.
Persons with disabilities needing auxiliary aids or services to attend and/or participate in a board meeting should call (425) 408-7701 prior to the event.