School board set to adopt budget in August

After a public hearing this week, the Blaine school district board of directors is set to pass a budget for the next school year at its August 28 meeting.

The proposed budget expects the district will start the year with $2.8 million in its general fund and end with nearly $1.9 million.

That’s about $371,000 more than the district started with the previous school year. Most of that extra money comes from a tax windfall after a reevaluation on BP’s Cherry Point property.

The district expects to collect $29.3 million for its general fund during the year and spend $30.2 million. General fund revenue comes from property taxes, state funds and federal
grants and funds.

Expenditures are expected to be $2.7 million more than last year due to changes in athletic oversight, attendance and truancy changes, high school moving costs and expanded high school courses for career and technical education and a College in the Classroom program.

The 2017-2018 budget also funds new initiatives to support graduation, attendance interventions, new high school course offerings and a new language arts curriculum.

The draft budget is online at blaine.wednet.edu. Updates to the budget will be available before the board adopts it at the August 28 board meeting.

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