2020-2021 Budget Development
Renton schools works to reduce 2020-2021 budget
April 23, 2020—At last night’s Board meeting, Renton School Board members heard from district staff on work to reduce next school year’s budget by about $10.5 million, or more than 4% of the overall district budget. Deputy Superintendent Dr. Shannon Harvey presented Board members with the list of planned reductions necessary to close an operating deficit which results primarily from reduced levy authority from the State Legislature and student enrollment being below projection for the 2019-20 school year.
District administration carefully considered community feedback from nearly 350 staff and community members in drafting the reduction plan.
Sixty-two percent (more than $6.5 million) of the planned reductions come from the district office, holding true to Superintendent Damien Pattenaude’s priority, as well as aligning with staff and community feedback, to make most of the necessary reductions as far away from classrooms as possible. See the School Board budget presentation here.
Next steps involve working with union partners to notify impacted employees.
The board will next consider the proposed 2020-2021 budget in June.