School board OKs record budget
With nary a comment, the Mukilteo School District board of education unanimously approved a $147.3 million budget Monday.
Covering 2012-13, it is the school district’s largest budget ever. However, the growth in the budget merely coincides with population growth; it still reflects the belt-tightening the district has been forced to undertake over the past three years.
Board members thanked staff for its hard work on the budget. No one from a sparse audience spoke before the vote.
While the district has managed to offset some of the state budget cutbacks with levy funds and savings, their wiggle room is shrinking.
And that has educators worried.
“The most difficult challenge for funding is that, minus an economic recovery, there are no resources for new revenues,” school board president Judy Schwab said.
“And I don’t think we've turned the corner on the anti-tax mood of the public.
“This means that to achieve our district goals we must continue to be more effective, but with less money.”
– Paul Archipley