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Budget Process

How does the budget process work?

lockersThe Tukwila School District superintendent, working with the Deputy Superintendent and Controller, prepares an operating budget prior to the beginning of each school year which must be approved by the School Board and submitted to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) before August 31. OSPI ensures that we follow uniform guidelines and laws for budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting. The Tukwila School District annually convenes a Budget Advisory Team in the spring to seek feedback and representation from diverse stakeholders in the budget-building process.

The majority of the district’s operations budget is provided by the state government on a per-pupil basis. The federal government also provides funding for specific programs, such as special education and free/reduced-price meal services. The operations budget is used to fund all day-to-day programs and expenses, such as salaries, textbooks, utilities, transportation, and materials. Because state and federal dollars do not fully cover the costs of running school, the Tukwila School District also relies on a maintenance and operations (M&O) levy, approved every four years by local voters, to bridge the funding gap.The M&O levy currently provides for about 20 percent of the operations budget.

  • January: Initial enrollment projections
  • January-March: Review of programs
  • January 9: State Legislature convenes
  • February: Meet with principals and program administrators to review needs
  • March-June: Finalize revenue and expenditure estimates
  • March-May: Budget Advisory Team convenes
  • April 18: Last day to notify the unions of a potential reduction in force (RIF) for the coming school year
  • April 23: End of regular legislative session
  • April 25: Last regularly scheduled board meeting to adopt a resolution approving a reduction in force (RIF) and remain in compliance with state mandate and the district collective bargaining agreements.
  • May 15: By state law, school districts must issue reduction in force (RIF) notices to certificated staff members who may not have a contract the following year.
  • June 30: Collective bargaining agreement mandated deadline to notify classified staff if their position within the district is not continuing
  • July 10: State mandated deadline for the district to have a complete draft budget submitted to the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) and to have copies available for public review.
  • August 18: Last day to run the first notice of a public hearing regarding the 2017-18 budget if adopted at a regular board meeting
  • August 21: Last day to run the second notice of a public hearing regarding the 2017-18 budget if adopted at a regular board meeting
  • August 29: Last regularly scheduled board meeting to hold a public hearing and formally adopt the 2017-18 operating budget for all funds
  • August 31: State mandated deadline for the board to hold a public hearing and formally adopt the 2017-18 operating budget for all funds
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