Wednesday, August 9, 2017

UPDATED, 8/31 Speak up on how school district tax dollars are spent -- Budget Hearing August 14th

Image result for school district budget imageLake Washington School District is the now 3rd largest district in the State and has a $625,000,000 budget -- exceeding the City or Redmond's budget.  Some of you may have a burning desire to learn and speak your mind on how and where our tax-dollars are spent or learn about how our district runs.   Now's your chance:

Superintendent Dr. Pierce has scheduled a very important Monday, August 14th Board meeting and Public Hearing to help walk us through the budget and give you a chance to comment for or against any part of the budget. I'm personally concerned about the number of administrative FTE's in the Resource Center and the poor public notice of this budget.

The meeting start at 7 pm in the School District Resource Center (16250 NE 74th Street) located in Redmond Town Center..


The District's user-friendly, readable, summary budget was released after 10AM on Friday, August 11th.  It's unfortunate we didn't t have more time to study it in preparation for the August 14th Hearing

The day after the Hearing I had coffee with the CFO and Director of Communications & Pubic Engagement.  They explained the intricacies of the budget and answered all my questions.

The front doors to the District Recourse Center were locked with no Hearing notice on the door. This action is unconscionable and the Administration said they'd never let it happen again.

If you didn't make it to the Hearing  you may still comment  at


A video of the Finance Director presenting the budget during the June 26th Board meeting  HERE. 

The official F-195 budget draft is  HERE. 

***Before the Hearing, Traci and the Board met at 5:00 in the Hugh's Room next to district chambers, first floor to discuss the budget.  You're not aloud to speak but it's a pleasant opportunity  to learn see the Board and executives interact and discuss issuers.

E-mail addresses:
All members of the board:
Chris Carlson, President,
Siri Bliesner, Vice President
Nancy Bernard,
Eric Laliberte,
Mark Stuart,

Washington State governs budget noticing and delivery. 

Bob Yoder

CC:  Dr. Pierce. / Board members / Barbara Postumous, Chief Financial Officer

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