Superintendent presents recommended budget (06/08/09)

Superintendent Tony Apostle unveiled his recommended budget for the 2009-10 school year at the June 8 Puyallup School Board meeting. The recommendation reflects a proposed $13.8 million of savings to achieve a balanced budget.

Cost-saving strategies included in the proposal reflect a reduction of 68 teachers and a number of support staff positions. The budget also reflects a reduction of support services, modification or elimination of some existing programs, and reallocation of staff resources throughout the district.

"Our district's highest goal is to continue to increase student achievement, and this recommended budget reflects the prioritization of resources in support of that goal despite the challenge of budget reductions," Apostle wrote in his budget message.

The recommended budget is the culmination of more than six months of study and deliberation, as well as a series of community and staff budget forums.

The $13.8 million of cost-saving strategies is nearly $2 million less than what was projected in the draft budget released in March. That budget was prepared before the end of the state's legislative session. Since then the district has received additional information about state revenue funding.

Apostle's recommended budget was presented June 8 at the first of two public hearings. A second public hearing will be held on August 10 at the Puyallup School Board meeting, with board action scheduled to follow. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Ballou Junior High School, 9916 136th St. E., Puyallup.

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