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The Longview School's proposed budget addresses the financial losses of the pandemic, lower enrollment.education

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Longview School District has proposed a budget of $109 million and is ready to hear community members’ reactions at a public hearing on Monday.

The school board plans to finalize the budget on August 22 during the school board’s regularly scheduled meeting.

Despite high costs and low enrollment, school districts have been able to use local levy dollars, general state funds, and federal COVID-19 relief funds received through ESSER or emergency elementary and middle school relief. We expect to break even using the proceeds from the fund.

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“By using these ESSER dollars to stabilize the revenue shortfall from the declining enrollment we’ve seen so far, we’ll be able to continue to grow,” Patti Bowen, executive director of Business Services, said in last year’s budget presentation. We can offer a balanced budget.” Moon.

In 2021-2022, the state provided stabilization funds to cover the loss of full-time students enrolled in school districts. Bowen said this is not the case for the Longview School District because it gets federal funding through his ESSER.

“Registrations are our biggest source of revenue,” says Bowen. “Average FTE (full-time enrollment) is what we fund in a year.”

Most of the district’s funding per student comes from the state, according to a school district report from the Washington Department of Public Education Supervision. It reports low school enrollment rates.

Longview's $108 million school budget provides emergency funding for technology and safety

The district lost about 350 of its approximately 6,400 students between the 2019-20 and 2021-22 school years, according to school district data. Since 2010, the only non-pandemic enrollments below his 6,300 are in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

The Longview school expects about 70 students to return at the beginning of the next school year, according to school district data. This return does not match his 2019 enrollment, which was her pre-pandemic student count of 6,488.

It’s difficult for school districts to determine why students left, where they went instead, and whether enrollments would return to previous levels. He said it was possible and that predictions about future admissions could change.

What school districts spend money on next school year will remain the same, but how much has changed. The biggest increase in spending is projected to go to basic and special education programs.

Bowen said inflation and supply chain delays are driving up nutrition and transportation costs in the district, and the district plans to spend about $640,000 more on these support services in 2022-23 than it did in 2021-22. I said there is.

The school district also expects to lose approximately $3.1 million in revenue from district grants and non-basic education programs between 2022 and 2023, according to school board documents.

Still, Bowen said he doesn’t expect any losses with a one-time boost of ESSER that could be used by September 2024.

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However, if the district does not adjust expenses and enrollments do not return, it could cause financial problems for the next four years. The district expects him to go from $9.65 million at the end of 2023 to $3.28 million by the end of 2025.

Director Jennifer Leach said, “This is not surprising. We knew this was going to be difficult to work on.” I think they gave me that, so I think I need to keep watching it year after year.”

Superintendent Dan Zorn said the budget will continue to be balanced, and while the four-year forecast shows general trends, it assumes the district continues to operate exactly as it has in the past. I pointed out that it does not show a specific trend.







Superintendent Longview Dan Zorn

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Mr Zorn said at the board meeting: “There are many things that can affect your income and expenses now and in the future.”

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