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Washington Schools Financial Status Improves, State Cuts Hamper Progress

Posted: Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 6:57 am

The Washington School District’s financial situation has improved over the last two years, but progress has been hampered by state budget cuts. Business manager Jeff Dieleman updated board members on the district’s fiscal status this week. He says they will have a positive spending authority. He says the cash balance would’ve been in the black as well, but the governor’s 10-percent across the board cut forced them to spend more local dollars. He says the district could receive 100-thousand dollars in state money through the budget guarantee program. It’s a one time only payment for district’s with declining enrollment. Dieleman says the WCSD has lost more than 80 students in a five year period.