As a result of legislative changes to state and local levy funding for the 2019-20 school year, West Valley School District put a plan in place to operate with less revenue by reducing expenditures with as minimal an impact on students as possible.
District communication about projected budget shortfall:
- In the spring of 2018, Dr. Sementi visited every school and department to talk to staff about projected cuts and the plan moving forward
- In February of 2019 Dr. Sementi returned to each school and department to explain the decisions about proposed reductions
- A community meeting was held in January 2019 to inform the public of these changes
District actions in anticipation of the budget shortfall:
- Staffing was reduced through attrition (i.e. resignations and retirement positions were not replaced)
- All major remodel and upkeep projects were postponed
- Curriculum adoptions were postponed
These changes helped build a budget fund balance. Those saved fund balance dollars will now be used to help offset the cost of running the district with less state funding.
To prepare for the 2019-20 revenue shortfall, expenditure reductions include:
- A reduction of ten teachers, most through attrition. (Two educators’ first-year provisional contracts were not continued.)
- Building custodial staff will be reduced by ten positions, seven through retirements and resignations
- There will be a reduction in educational and administrative assistant positions but these changes will depend on the final legislative budget
- Budgets for levy funded programs and extra-curricular activities will be reduced
OSPI State Report Card
Information specific to West Valley School District regarding enrollment, test scores, graduation rate, ELA, per-pupil expenditure, attendance, teacher experience, etc. can be found on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website.
Click here for the OSPI Report Card website.