After several years of cost-cutting measures, it looks like the budget pendulum is about the swing the other way for South Sound’s largest school district.
North Thurston Public Schools’ proposed $139 million budget for the 2013-14 school year includes several enhancements and restorations of items that were cut in recent years, according to spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve.
The district’s budget documents also include $6.5 million of new revenue expected for the district through several avenues, such as additional levy funds, the anticipated enrollment of 120 new students, and state funding that is paying for all-day kindergarten programs at four schools.
The North Thurston School Board will host a public hearing on the proposed budget Tuesday evening.
If approved, the district’s forecasted ending fund balance — known as its rainy day fund— will be about $10.7 million with about $9.4 million in unrestricted funds in August 2014, according to a budget presentation created for the board.
The budget enhancements include:
• A restoration of smaller class sizes.
• More money for special programs such as ESL, special education and visual performing arts.
• Additional funds for early learning, including free all-day kindergarten at six schools and tuition-based all-day kindergarten at seven schools.
• More money for student support staff, such as counselors and instructional coaches.
• A roughly $1.8 million increase in state-mandated contributions to employee pension funds.
To view a copy of the budget documents, go to www.nthurston.k12.wa.us.
If you go
North Thurston School Board will hold a public hearing on its proposed $139 million budget at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the John Gott Administrative Center, 305 College St. NE, Lacey. For more information, call 360-412-4418.Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 firstname.lastname@example.org