School board discusses 2014-15 budget, redistricting process

Government: State funding figures expected to be released soon for next academic year

of the GatewayMarch 26, 2014 

The Peninsula School District’s Board of Directors heard about both the annual budget and the redistricting process during its regular meeting last Thursday.

Karen Andersen, the district’s chief financial officer, updated the board on both topics.

Since the state Legislature adjourned on time, the amount of state funding for the 2014-15 academic year should be made available soon, Anderson said.

A tentative budget will go to the board for input in May. Public input will follow in June, and adoption is expected in July.

But redistricting has less-defined deadlines.

A committee has been formed to look at redrawing district lines to help overcrowding issues at several elementary schools. The committee has met twice this year. Andersen said the process will continue through the summer and could stretch into September.

Some who volunteered for the committee believed it was a Sept. 1 deadline, but the deadline is much more fluid, Anderson said.

Maps will be introduced during the next committee meeting on April 3.

During the budget discussion, Andersen said she had set up a district meeting to work on a “maintenance matrix.” It would include a schedule of basic projects and a timeline for each school building. Examples are flooring, roofing and HVAC replacement.

School board president Harlan Gallinger liked the idea, since it would be another way for the board to be transparent about work and improvement inside buildings.

“It’s a visual, it’s a plan,” Andersen said. “It’s not locked in cement, but it’s a visual that people can see.”

The board will meet again at 6 p.m. April 10 at the Key Peninsula Middle School library.

Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at karen.miller@gateline.com. Follow her on Twitter, @gateway_karen.

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