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Evergreen Public Schools weighs in on state budget impact - 06/30/17

After a preliminary review of the just released state education budget proposal around basic education funding, Evergreen Public Schools officials say it appears to be a positive response for its taxpayers, students and district employees.

For property owners within Evergreen Public Schools boundaries, it means an approximate savings of $240 a year for at least four years for the owner of a $300,000 home. That is because the proposal calls for a state allocation to fund basic education that replaces much of the revenue generated by district levies. Local levies may still be approved by voters, but only to fund services and programs deemed "enrichment," and not basic education. Those local funds would be scrutinized and audited at the state level to ensure compliance.

For students, it will increase funding for Kindergarten through third grade, resulting in additional teachers at the elementary level. In addition, funding is increased for such programs as College, Career and Technical Education (CCTE), English Language Learners and Learning Assistance (LAP).

For Evergreen teachers, coupled with the recently bargained three-year contract, salaries will increase at about seven percent for the 2017-18 school year, and then approximately six percent for the 2018-19 school year, with no negative impacts to working conditions. In addition, health benefits are slated to improve with similar coverage and lower out of pocket costs as school district employees are moved to a new State Employees Benefits Board within the Health Care Authority, by 2020.

"There was a tremendous amount of work done by the team of eight legislators working on this budget agreement, including two members from our area-Representative Paul Harris and Senator Ann Rivers. It appears to answer many of the funding pressures districts in southwest Washington have been facing," said Superintendent John Deeder.