Evergreen Public Schools faces as much as an $18 million budget deficit. But until now, the district has been relatively quiet about that fact.
Interim Superintendent Mike Merlino wants to change that.
As Vancouver Public Schools has made public announcements of expected cuts responding to its $14.3 million budget deficit, former Evergreen Superintendent John Steach was sending internal emails to staff alerting them of possible reductions, including the elimination of more than a dozen administrative office staff positions.
But following Steach’s sudden resignation last week, the district is “resetting.”
“The biggest thing is that we’re moving forward, we’re resetting, and we’re really interested in a transparent process,” Merlino told the district’s board of directors Tuesday evening.
Merlino estimates the district is facing between a $12 million to $18 million shortfall for 2019-2020. He wouldn’t go so far as to say previously announced cuts won’t happen, noting that “the reality is we still have to get to the number we have to get to.”