Enrollment drop means school staff cuts in fall


April 26, 2023

Madoc Hiller

SAVE OUR SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS – La Conner student Jonathan Gonzales offered his written support for his teachers at Monday's school board meeting. Students, parents and teachers were united in their hope that positions not be cut. The school district faces a $1.5 million shortfall for the school year starting in September.

The impact of budget ax reality fell sharply and heavily upon La Conner Schools Monday night.

And it hurt.

Projections of declining student enrollment and loss of COVID-19 emergency funding forced the school board to reluctantly agree to cut four faculty positions as part of a $1.5 million cost-saving plan for the 2023-24 academic year.

"This is a very sad day for our school district," Board President Susie Deyo lamented near the end of an almost two-hour meeting, much of it public comments from students, parents and teachers concerned about staff reductions and loss of programs.

Several among...

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