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Despite funding reductions, no staffing cuts anticipated in North Kitsap School District

Dear North Kitsap community and friends,

This week, legislatures in the House and Senate reached an agreement on additional reductions that will affect the 2010-11 budget. This is a significant development because we finally have a better idea of what we are facing this year. Here are new items that impact our district during the 2010-11 school year:

-- K-4 Class Size Enhancement funding is cut by 50 percent from Sept. 1, 2010 through Jan. 31, 2011. With the previous elimination of funding for Feb. 1 through June 15, this means a total loss of approximately $500,000 in funding for this school year.

-- Funding provided for school food service federal matching funds is reduced by about $16,000.

-- Additional program and administrative cuts we were anticipating to be around $35,000 will be more. At this time, it is not clear how much more.

-- Funding for the Highly Capable program that was being considered for reduction is now protected and no cuts will be made in this area. We are closely monitoring anticipated revenue from other funding sources, such as federal dollars, enrollment, and utility costs as the school year progresses.

At this time, we believe that despite the new legislative developments and lost revenue to our district, we will not have to make any reductions to staffing during the existing school year. We anticipate that all of the reductions mentioned above, and those already made, will be carried forward to the next biennium as the state Legislature looks to create their new budget. Our district will plan accordingly as we develop our budget over the next several months.

If you have any questions about the budget or how these reductions affect our district, please let me know.

Sincerely,<br>Dr. Rick Jones, superintendent<br>North Kitsap School District<br>(360) 779-8700<br>rjones@nkschools.org<br>www.nkschools.org

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