By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
MARYSVILLE — It could be a brutal year for trying to build a school district budget.
That’s why the Marysville School District hopes to get help from local residents in coming up with recommendations on what can be reduced and for ways to save money.
Over the next two months, the Legislature will consider cutting hundreds of millions of dollars that flow into the coffers of local school districts. The state is facing a $2.6 billion shortfall.
The district is forming a budget study team that will include school and district staff, representatives from the unions and residents.
The team will work together with finance staff to review district budget needs, projections and the difficult work of balancing those needs with the proposed cuts at the state level, said Jim Baker, the district’s budget director.
“It will provide important feedback” on spending priorities and potential reductions, he said. A similar committee was used last year.
Baker said members of the group will get briefings on school budgets and packets of information to review.
The district of more than 10,000 students has an operations budget of more than $100 million for the 2009-10 school year.
The meetings are from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Feb. 11, 16 and 23 and March 2, 16 and 23. They will be in Room 219 at Mountain View High School, 4317 76th St. NE. They are open to people on the committee and those who want to attend just to learn more about school financing.
For more information, call Baker or Peggy King at 360-653-0803.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, firstname.lastname@example.org.