Increased funding from state adds $8 million to Bainbridge budget for new school year

The Bainbridge Island School District’s budget for the new school year will rise by more than $8 million from last year, thanks to an influx in state funding.

The Bainbridge Island School Board is expected to approve the spending plan for the 2018-19 school year at its meeting this week. The budget’s general fund revenues — which cover staffing, programs and services — will total $55.8 million, up from $47.2 million last year.

State funding has increased by $8.6 million in the new budget.

The Bainbridge district’s capital projects fund will be set at $41.4 million for the 2018-19 budget, and projects in the new budget include the replacement of Captain Johnston Blakely Elementary and the Bainbridge High 100 Building, as well as improvements planned for Ordway Elementary, Woodward Middle School, Commodore Options School and Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School.

More than half of the funding in the capital projects fund — $23.4 million — will go toward the Blakely replacement project. Another $1.9 million has also been budgeted for improvements at Blakely.

Approximately $10.6 million in the capital projects fund has been budgeted for the BHS 100 Building; $1.2 million for improvements at Ordway; and $1.7 million in tech levy expenditures. Improvements for Commodore have been budgeted at $995,000.

The new budget is based on a total student enrollment of 3,842 FTE (full-time equivalent). That’s an increase of eight FTE students over the 2017-18 budget number of 3,834.

The number of teachers will climb by 17 FTEs, from 256 last year to 273 this year.

The number of classified employees will remain nearly constant, at 140.5 FTEs (up from 139.9 last year).

According to the new budget, more than $31.6 million will be spent on basic education, an increase from the $26.1 million that was budgeted in 2017-2018.

Special education expenditures will rise from $7.1 million to $8.7 million, while spending on vocational education will increase from $2.6 million to $3.1 million.

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