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Results of budget review will be shared at SKSD board meeting

Results of an independent review to address South Kitsap School District’s immediate budget development for the 2013-14 school year and to strengthen the financial health of the district over the next three years will be shared with the school board and public during the Aug. 7 regularly scheduled meeting.

The meeting is set from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Kitsap High School Performing Arts Center, 425 Mitchell Ave.

In a letter posted Aug. 5 on the district’s website, Superintendent Michelle Reid encourages all interested parties to attend.

“The review has surfaced areas in which we need to improve our budget planning and development process in addition to providing some concrete suggestions to build our fiscal solvency,” Reid wrote in the letter.

She said the report focuses on the following areas: fund balance depletion, enrollment forecasting, financial contingency planning, capital needs support, position control systems, district fiscal health, budget training, and oversight controls and systems.

“Compounding our budget situation is the fact that five of our labor associations are currently negotiating contracts and it is difficult to determine appropriate financial parameters for labor bargaining,” she wrote.

Reid stated the state has allocated additional resources to K-12 systems, much of those dollars are designated for specific programs and uses.

“I greatly appreciate our associations’ leadership and their willingness to discuss these issues at the table. I know both the district and associations have a common goal to support our dedicated employees and provide our students

with a high-quality education,” stated Reid.

Reid said additional information on the budget will be posted on the district’s web site at www.skitsap.wednet.edu.

“I am committed to communicating in an open and transparent way as we work together to bring our expenditures in line with our revenue,” Reid wrote. “However, we must never lose sight of the heart of our work — student achievement and maintaining excellence in the South Kitsap School District.”

 

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