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Dire Outlook

Posted on 8th May 2018 at 08:51

It wasn’t all great news at last night’s Kelso School Board meeting, as Chief Financial Officer Scott Westlund says that the district could go bankrupt if the Legislature doesn’t get the school funding plan fixed. In making the budget report at last night’s meeting, Westlund says that district revenues are NOT increasing, and without additional funding, the district will be in the red to the tune of between $1.5 million and $2 million per year. At that rate, Westlund says that the district will be bankrupt by the 2021-22 school year. Westlund blames the revenue shortfall on the so-called “McCleary Fix,” saying that levy dollars are being reduced under that plan, to the point where Kelso could run out of money. It’s noted that other districts in this area and around the state are in the same boat, and Westlund says that he doesn’t think that the Legislature will let all these districts go under. Still, he says that action is needed in Olympia, or big trouble is on the way.