Shoreline Schools Budget Frequently Asked Questions
Shoreline School District is currently in the process of rebalancing the budget in light of declining revenues and decreased enrollment in recent years. Learn more
The questions posed below have been gathered from a wide variety of sources, including in-person meetings with Shoreline Schools staff, students, and family groups; questions posed by the Budget Advisory Team; public comment submitted online and during School Board meetings; and direct communication to district administration. While there may be other questions and wonderings, the information provided here is intended to provide a robust and transparent look at the financial position the district is in.
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- What bargaining with employee groups has taken place in 2023?
- What is the current budget issue?
- What does lost enrollment mean?
- What is regionalization?
- What is an IPD?
- Didn’t the legislature fully fund schools after the McCleary lawsuit/decision?
- Did the District receive pandemic relief monies?
- How was the budget issue discovered? This is different from what I thought.
- What is the forecasted deficit for 2023-24?
- What is the process to make budget adjustments?
- What is the budget timeline?
- When does the budget planning cycle start?
- What is ahead from now until we adopt a budget?
- How long will the budget realignment process take?
- What has the district done so far to respond to this issue?
- What happens after this year and next year? 24-25? Beyond?
- Will we need to still make cuts next year? What happens next year?
- What does enrollment look like long term?
- What is ending fund balance?
- What should the ending fund balance be? And why is it important?
- What dollars are inflexible in the budget?
- How much of our budget is reliant on the enrollment of students? What are the current enrollment trends of the district? Regionally?
- How much of our income is from non-enrollment, revenue-generating activities and fundraising? Can we increase these activities and funds to help?
- Can we charge more for lunches, charge other fees, or increase costs for childcare to help?
- How much of our expenses go to teacher and staff salaries and benefits?
- Will there be layoffs or reductions in staff? Why or why not?
- How much do we spend on different types of staff? And how does this compare to similar or nearby districts?
- Will this impact school supports?
- Will this impact sports or activities?
- What about closing a school?
- Can we use bond or tech levy money to support the general fund?
- Can we sell or lease building space to increase revenue?
- Can we run additional levies to ask our community for more money?
- Why can’t we expand our homeschool enrollment or open an online school to increase enrollment?
- What is a RIF? What will happen in between the RIF notice and the final adoption of the next year’s budget?
- What happens if our district's budget does not meet the ending fund balance policy requirements? In other words, what are the consequences and what does our district gain by realigning our budget over the course of the next few fiscal years?
- What is a budget adoption by the board? Where can I find the last budget adoption? When does this typically happen in a given year? Why do districts have to do this?
- Where can I find information about last year’s ending fund balance discussion by the board and the final budget adoption?