They’re still not sure exactly what the Legislature is going to do, but it looks like the Longview School District will be able to balance the upcoming school year’s budget without having to make any layoffs or significant cuts. In fact, the district is planning to restore several positions, and has plans to start all-day kindergarten at the elementary schools. Superintendent Suzanne Cusick says that this is a huge development…lsdbudget…At this time, district expenditures still outpace revenues by nearly $2.6 million in the 2013-2014 school year, a gap that they plan to cover through the use of reserves. Cusick and District Finance Director Larry Mayfield say that that blow could be softened through action from Olympia, including about a half-million dollars to support the full-day kindergarten. The District also has plans to add a half-time counselor in the elementary schools, restore the “BECCA” coordinator, and will also hire a journeyman painter. On the down side, the student drain continues, with a reduction in student numbers of about 2.2 percent projected, or about 137 fewer students next year. The finalized preliminary will be available to the public on July 17th. The School Board plans to review that budget on August 12, and then will hold a public hearing and adoption on August 26th.