Vancouver Public Schools unveiled its final slate of proposed budget cuts but warned its budget is likely unsustainable without new revenue.
The 23,000-student school district on Friday announced it is facing an $8 million budget deficit after an injection of new state money. That’s down from the $16.8 million projected earlier this year. The district is receiving new state money due to the 2019-2021 state budget, including $6.5 million in one-time funding secured by Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver.
The district has proposed using $3.75 million from its ending fund balance, or financial reserves, and recommended the following cuts:
• Eliminating 10 teachers on special assignment (usually teachers who mentor or support classroom teachers) for a nearly $1.3 million savings. Those teachers would return to regular classroom teaching.
• Cutting central office and support service budgets by 5 percent, or $1.2 million.
• A 15 percent reduction in central administrative positions for $800,000.
• Cutting five central office professional-technical positions for $450,000 in savings.
• Cutting professional development travel in half, or by $400,000.
• Eliminating one grounds maintenance position at $75,000.
• Cutting a wing clerk from Skyview High School for $58,608 in savings.
The district said it compiled the final recommendations after hearing from more than 1,800 people who participated in a district survey, and collected testimony at board meetings and in emails to Superintendent Steve Webb and the school board. Rick Wilson, executive director of the Vancouver Education Association, said by email Friday that he is “very pleased that the district is listening to their employee and community input to preserve important student services.”