School Funding Updates
5 months ago
The Washington State Legislature passed a law in 2018 increasing state funding for schools while decreasing the amount school districts can collect through local levies. For the Riverside School District the state percentage will increase from approximately 70% to 78% and our levy will decrease from approximately 21% to 14%. Federal funds make up about 8% of our General Fund budget.
In short, local levy funds must pay for "enrichment" activities like after school sports, etc. State funds must be used for what are considered "basic" education expenses. On another note, please remember that the voter-approved Levy #2 for security, facilities, and technology improvements is a completely separate budget designated just for those projects.
If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact Business Manager Ron Thompson at email@example.com or Superintendent Dr. Ken Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call or text Ken at (509) 370-1717.
For a simple explanation of the new school funding model, check out