The school district has convened budget advisory groups to discuss budget reductions for the 2021-2022 school year in the event that the upcoming levy proposition does not pass. These committees will be recommending a total of $2.5 million of reductions for next year among these four areas of school district operations:
Programs, staff and administration (personnel)
Athletics and activities
Teaching and learning (professional development and instructional resources)
Facilities and operations
These cuts will be deep across the district. For this school year, the school district made significant cuts, but has been able to maintain many programs using its savings account. That approach will not be able to continue.
The meetings of the budget advisories will conclude next Thursday, March 18th with proposals that will go to the school board for review. These will be published and shared with the community at the end of March when they have been finalized.
We understand that the community is asking many questions about our discussions and projected cuts. Out of respect for those people likely to be impacted by the reductions, we are waiting until they have been finalized before discussing them publicly.
In accordance with RCW49.60, the Lakewood School District does not discriminate in employment and schools. The Lakewood School District provides Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, handicap/disability, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, use of a trained dog to guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and designated youth groups. The district complies with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations to include, but not limited to, Title IX, Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, RCW 49.60 “The Law Against Discrimination,” and RCW 28A.640 “Sex Equity,” and covers, but is not limited to, all district programs, courses, activities, including extracurricular activities, services, access to facilities, etc. Inquiries regarding compliance procedures should be directed to Lakewood School District, 17110 16th Drive NE, Marysville, WA 98271, Attention: Title IX and Civil Rights Officer, Daniel Lee, 360-652-4500, firstname.lastname@example.org or ADA Compliance Officer and Section 504 Compliance Officer, Amie Verellen-Grubbs, 360-652-4500, email@example.com.