Will there be staff layoffs?
For the 2018-19 school year, there will be no staff layoffs. One of our cost savings strategies this year is not filling positions which become vacant during the school year unless it is essential. This includes restructuring responsibilitilties of positions within schools and departments when a vacancy occurs.
For the 2019-20 school year, staff reductions will be needed to achieve the 7% cost savings in order to maintain a balanced budget with a 5% reserve.
When will staff layoffs occur?
We are monitoring our 2018-19 cost savings, as well as the Legislature, to finalize the numbers before any reductions in force (RIF) are determined. We will follow timelines according to the collective bargaining agreeemnts (CBAs) with our associations, along with Washington Administrative Codes (WACs).