budget cuts Section

Enrollment drop at Highline Public Schools leads to cutting of 15 teachers

Enrollment drop at Highline Public Schools leads to cutting of 15 teachers

On Friday, Sept. 21, Highline Public Schools announced that they are starting the 2018-19 school year with 700 students fewer than projected, which means that – because the state funds school districts... [Read more]

State Annexation Sales Tax Credit Remains on Books After Special Session

State Annexation Sales Tax Credit Remains on Books After Special Session

The annexation sales tax credit was not included in state budget reductions adopted by the State Legislature earlier this week for the remainder of the 2011-13 biennium. This means that the sales tax credit,... [Read more]

REMINDER: Metro’s Final Meeting On Cutbacks Is At City Hall TONIGHT

REMINDER: Metro’s Final Meeting On Cutbacks Is At City Hall TONIGHT

REMINDER: TONIGHT (Thursday, July 21st) is Metro Transit’s final public meeting on possible cutbacks, to be held at Burien City Hall starting at 6 p.m. Metro has proposed a two-year, $20 car tab... [Read more]

Highline Schools Targets $2 Million In Cuts In Wake Of State Funding Shortfall

Highline Schools Targets $2 Million In Cuts In Wake Of State Funding Shortfall

by Ralph Nichols Cutting $2 million from a public schools budget already pared down is no easy task. Cutting $4.5 million, with a new academic year just three months away, is even more daunting. Yet this... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don’t Cut Music From Highline Schools Budget

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don’t Cut Music From Highline Schools Budget

Dear Highline School Board, I appreciate all you have done to improve arts education in Highline and hope you will continue to recognize the importance of these programs in our childrens’ education. In... [Read more]

Highline School District Holding Public Workshops To Discuss Budget Cuts

Highline School District Holding Public Workshops To Discuss Budget Cuts

The Highline School District will be holding two public workshops to discuss budget cuts on Thursday, May 19th and Saturday, May 21st. “The staff, students, parents, and the community are encouraged... [Read more]

Highline Schools Announces Budget Cuts For Next Year; Forums Scheduled

Highline Schools Announces Budget Cuts For Next Year; Forums Scheduled

Highline Public Schools announced Thursday (April 1) that it will be cutting its budget by a projected $4.5 million for the 2010-11 school year due to a second consecutive year of declining state revenues.... [Read more]

Police Chiefs Voice Concern About Potential Impacts Of I-1033

Police Chiefs Voice Concern About Potential Impacts Of I-1033

Burien Police Chief Scott Kimerer Story by Ralph Nichols Photos by Scott Schaefer Police chiefs from King and Snohomish counties voiced their concerns at a press conference in Burien Wednesday morning... [Read more]

Burien City Council Members Sharply Rebuke Tim Eyman’s I-1033

Burien City Council Members Sharply Rebuke Tim Eyman’s I-1033

by Ralph Nichols Burien City Council members sharply rebuked Initiative 1033 at their meeting Monday night (Oct. 5th) and voted 3-1 to oppose the tax-limitation measure that appears on the November ballot. Mayor... [Read more]

Sheriff’s Department Releases Rebuttal To King County Executive’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Sheriff’s Department Releases Rebuttal To King County Executive’s Proposed Budget Cuts

Sgt. John Urquhart of the King County Sheriff’s Department sent us the following article Friday afternoon (Oct. 2nd), where he attempts to clarify budget cuts that will affect police officers, as... [Read more]

King County “Mothballing” 39 Parks, More Than A Third Of Which Are In The Highline Area; What Do YOU Think?

King County “Mothballing” 39 Parks, More Than A Third Of Which Are In The Highline Area; What Do YOU Think?

by Ralph Nichols It’s déjà vu all over again. Closed parks and pools, on top of program and job cuts, have been proposed by the King County executive to balance next year’s operating... [Read more]

Highline School District Announces Budget Cuts

Highline School District Announces Budget Cuts

Wednesday night (May 27th), Highline Schools Superintendent John Welch announced to the Highline School Board his recommendations for budget reductions and revenue increases for 2009-10.

The district faces a net shortfall of about $6 million due to state funding reductions…

UPDATE: Highline Schools' Superintendent On Budget Cuts

UPDATE: Highline Schools' Superintendent On Budget Cuts

As we first reported Tuesday, the Highline School District is facing major budget cuts, potentially having to lay off the equivalent of 228 full-time Teachers. According to the school district, the RIF... [Read more]

Highline School Budget Cuts May Mean 228 Teacher Layoffs

Highline School Budget Cuts May Mean 228 Teacher Layoffs

by Scott Schaefer

As if the seemingly endless stream of daily layoffs, rising unemployment rates and closing area businesses isn’t enough bad news, now comes word of major budget cuts for Highline Public Schools, which faces an estimated $8 million in cuts for next year due to reductions in state funding.

As a result, up to 228 teachers could be laid off.

These are in addition to $3 million in cuts already made during the current school year…

Highline College To Cut Federal Way Campus + 44 Jobs

Highline College To Cut Federal Way Campus + 44 Jobs

Highline Community College administrators announced Friday their decision on how to deal with the college’s $2.1 million financial hit necessitated by Gov. Chris Gregoire new budget cuts: Closing... [Read more]