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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 or Superintendent Dr. Ken Russell at You may also call or text Ken at (509) 370-1717.

For a simple explanation of the new school funding model, check out 

Riverside School District Budget

5 months ago


Please check out the Frequently Asked Budget Questions below:

Budget FAQ's_2019-2020

The Board of Directors held a public hearing on July 25, 2019 and took action on the following budgets for 2019-2020:

F-195 2019-20 Budget Final .pdf

F-195F Current Budget Four Year Forecast .pdf