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    Principal's Corner March 2019
    Posted on 03/28/2019
    Principal Guerrero

    March Monthly Message from Principal Guerrero

    Dear Loyal Heights Elementary Families,

     As most of you probably know, schools across Seattle and Washington are experiencing budget cuts for the 2019/2020 academic year.  I know many of you are wondering how these cuts will impact Loyal Heights, so I would like to give you the budget outlook for next school year.  

    On the surface LHE appears to have come out of the cuts fairly well; our current budget allocation actually grows the teaching staff by two full time general education classroom positions. However, this does not mean LHE is untouched by cuts; our staff is growing only because our student body is also growing. Our school is projected to grow by 30 students next year.    

     

     

     

     

    Grade

    Oct 2018 HC

    Projected Oct 2019

    Projected number of General education classrooms

    K

    87

    111

    5

    1

    78

    87

    4

    2

    84

    75

    3

    3

    67

    81

    4

    4

    63

    66

    3

    5

    70

    59

    2

    Totals

    449

    479

    21

     

     

     

     

     

    Under this year’s 2018/2019 WSS (Weighted Staffing Standards, which is basically the formula for how money is allocated to schools), the District allocated for a half-time Assistant Principal. In the current 2018/2019 school year, the staff of LHE prioritized for a school counselor, even though one was not directly funded by the District, and we were able to use baseline funds to pay for a half-time counselor position (the PTA paid the other half-time cost of that position to make it a full-time position).  

    However the new funding restrictions limit schools’ flexibility for 2019-2020 school year. There is no way for LHE to fund any portion of a school counselor in the 2019/2020 school year through district dollars.  LHE has been impacted by new state restrictions on how baseline budget may be spent.  In the past, schools have had flexibility in how they spend their baseline budget. This has historically allowed schools to be responsive to the unique needs and priorities of the student body, staff, and community.

    Schools and districts across the state are struggling with budget cuts; in the coming weeks the legislature will vote on whether to raise the local levy lid, thereby making more funds immediately available for education. As always, you may make your voice heard in this process by writing and calling your state senators and representatives.  

    Your support at our P.T.A. sponsored events (such as Jog-a-thon and our Annual school Auction, etc.) has helped raise the needed funds to provide services at LHE that support academic and emotional intelligence learning. We look forward to your continued support during our ‘Raise-the-Paddle’ for Social/Emotional Learning at this Saturday’s auction event. The faculty and staff at LHE stay committed to providing excellent education for our students, and while budget shortfalls and cuts can add strain on an already taxed system, we are resolved to keep the students our first priority.