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Evergreen, Vancouver public schools brace for staff cuts in 2024

‘Not any good options on the table’ as costs rise, federal funding expires

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: December 2, 2023, 6:07am
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People fill the meeting room at Evergreen Public Schools headquarters March 14. The district is early in its budget preparation process for 2024 but is already predicting it will face a deficit for the third straight year.
People fill the meeting room at Evergreen Public Schools headquarters March 14. The district is early in its budget preparation process for 2024 but is already predicting it will face a deficit for the third straight year. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

It’s still 2023, but local school districts are already preparing for next year’s budget. Both Evergreen and Vancouver anticipate serious shortfalls requiring staff cuts, all while students are still struggling to recover from lingering effects of the pandemic.

Inflation, stagnant state funding and the exhaustion of pandemic-era relief money leave the region’s largest districts millions of dollars short of what they said they need to support growing student needs.

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