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Welcome to the Budget Advisory Committee


Staff members in Board Meeting

A Message from Dr. Flip Herndon, Interim Superintendent

The 2018-19 school year is roughly half way through the planned calendar, maybe a little less due to
some snow days. This time of year is when most school districts are planning for the following year and
Tukwila is no different. The Budget Advisory Committee is beginning the work of looking at the current
state of finances and will be giving some recommendations about where they feel budget dollars for the
2019-20 school year should be directed. The reality of our current finances means there will be some
reductions in either services, staffing or both. However, we don’t know exactly what that impact might
be just yet.

Tukwila’s budget situation is not entirely unique. There are at least three factors, possibly more, that will
be shaping some of the possible recommendation and budget allocations for the 2019-20 school year
and possibly beyond. The two biggest are enrollment and state allocation. The student enrollment of
Tukwila has been in slight decline for the past several year and is currently projected to continue the
downward trend. We are not alone. Several of our surrounding school districts are also facing a decline.
There are several factors that influence enrollment, housing and cost of living affordability is one and
the recent creation of charter schools is another. While we may not always know the reason why
enrollment is dropping, what we can do is continue to offer the best education for all of our students
who are in our schools and those students who we anticipate will enroll in our schools in the future. We
will continue to analyze the enrollment impacts as this is the primary driver of our budget.
Another factor in the budget for the 2019-20 school year and beyond is the change in local levy tax
collection. Previously, the State of Washington allowed school districts to collect a certain percentage of
taxable property within a school district boundary. With the most recent ruling of the McCleary
Supreme Court ruling, the state decided to pay for the increase in overall K-12 state wide by changing
the local collection amount in certain districts. Tukwila happens to be one of the districts who are seeing
a drop in local tax collection and not an equal amount back in student fund allocation. Currently there
are other districts also negatively impacted and collectively we are asking our legislature to at least hold
school districts harmless. In other words, we should not see a drop in revenue beyond what we might
experience unless we were to see a drop in enrollment. Unfortunately for Tukwila, we are in a position
where both statements are true. We are hopeful that the legislature can adjust their allocation to fill the
gap in revenue.

The strength of our ability to offer a highly quality education experience for our students is dependent
on our budget and our high quality staff and faculty. There are some difficult decisions to be made in the
near future, but we are hoping to have as little direct impact on classroom instruction and support as
possible. Stay tuned for more information as we move forward.

Our Schools

Cascade View
Elementary School

Thorndyke
Elementary School

Tukwila
Elementary School

Showalter
Middle School

Foster
High School

Red Comet
Online School