Posted on May 9, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Thursday, May 9 at 11:10 PM
POULSBO, Wash. -- The North Kitsap School district is bracing for budget cuts. Superintendent Patty Page said they are up against a $3 million shortfall, and programs from math to music are in jeopardy. The equivalent of twelve full time teaching positions could be cut too.
“We don’t have enough money in our savings account to pay one month’s worth of salary to our employees. That’s not a good place to be,” said Page. “Does it mean we are going be increasing class sizes? Yes. Does it mean we are going to be eliminating or reducing programs? Yes, it does.”
Page blamed the money problems on declining enrollment. She also said years of overspending is catching up to the school district.
Parents and students packed a Thursday night school board meeting to stand up for classes like band, choir, and sign language.
“People feel like we are losing our heart. Without our heart North Kitsap School district isn’t a great place to live and learn, it is just a place,” said one woman in attendance. She added that morale in the district is at an all time low.
Randy Borek is the Band Boosters President for North Kitsap High School. He is concerned that if a couple band classes are cut there will be a domino effect.
“I don’t think the district is saying they are going to do away with marching band, but look at the math. If you reduce somebody’s hours, the band instructor is not going to have as much time to dedicate to it.”