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Shelton Schools projects $53.4M budget for 2016-17

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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District anticipates 4,075 students next school year

For the 2016-17 school year, the Shelton School District is projecting 4,075 students, $54.5 million in revenue and almost $53.4 million in expenditures.

The Shelton School Board and administrators discussed those preliminary figures at a special study session on the budget April 28 in the meeting room at the district headquarters. The board members also received an update on the district's 2015-16 budget.

The district's finances are "on a solid foundation," Superintendent Alex Apostle told the board members.

"Overall, we're sitting pretty good. Our budget is in good shape," he said.

Brenda Trogstad, the district's executive director of finances, said the district expects to end the 2015-16 school year on Aug. 30 with a fund balance of $4.7 million. The projected fund balance at the end of the school year, on Aug. 31, 2017, is $5.85 million, she said.

"It's ending higher, which is our goal," Trogstad said.

For the 2016-17 school year, the district projects $54,515,088 in total revenues, compared to $52,050,358 for the current school year. Those projected revenues include more than $39 million from the state, about $7.2 million in local taxes and almost $4.3 million in federal money.

The district is projecting $53.3 million in expenditures for the 2016-17 school year. They include $29.5 million for regular instruction, $11.4 million for support services, $6.6 million for special education instruction, $4 million for compensatory education instruction and $2.5 million for vocational education instruction.

The district still needs to work with the departments on their budgets, so those numbers will change, Trogstad said.

That estimate of 4,075 students next school year is conservative, Apostle said. If they get any more, they get the pleasant surprise of more money from the state, he said.

The district receives money from the state for each student.

Both Apostle and Trogstad pointed out that more students are remaining in school.

Apostle credited the principals, teachers and counselors for keeping students in school.

"We're very fortunate we're growing" so they can add positions, he said.

The proposed additional positions in the 2016-17 budget include a first-grade teacher at both Bordeaux and Mountain View elementary schools; a half-time social worker; an additional teacher at Olympic Middle School; an associate principal at Shelton High School; a mental health staff member; and a position in Native American education.

Apostle said the board will be updated about once a month on the 2016-17 budget.

The district has asked Trogstad to put together a "worst-case scenario" if the district's replacement levy vote fails in February 2017, Apostle said.

"We have to prepare for the worst," he told the board members. "We'll share that with you before the end of the year."

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Original Publication Date: May 5, 2016

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