Budget Update for 2017-18

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear Families, Staff and Community,

I want to update you on our budget process and the feedback we received from staff, families and community members.

Thank you to those of you who provided input in May on our draft budget highlights, which summarized our thinking on new spending for 2017-18.

Common themes among your questions and requests were related to class size ratios and math materials. We received positive comments regarding supporting our staff; increased counseling for our middle and high schools; the expansion of Life Skills special education programs to include Columbia and Squalicum; and our ongoing investment in early childhood education, including our teen parent GRADS program.

While we wait to hear from the state about K-12 education funding for 2017-18, we remain optimistic that many of the priorities we shared will be funded, but we are on hold with many of the budget proposals until the state budget is finalized.

Pending news from the state, we plan to finalize our budget, hopefully this summer, and share an updated Priorities for Progress for the 2017-18 school year in the coming months. You can view our draft budget highlights, which again is not a comprehensive list of all of our spending, rather a summary of new spending in the coming year.

Thanks again for being part of our process and helping us fulfill The Bellingham Promise to our students and our community,

Greg Baker