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Seattle Public Schools to reveal plan on Wednesday to fix $104M budget deficit


(The Center Square) – Seattle Public Schools is set to present an update on Wednesday to its “well-resourced schools” plan to address a $104 million budget deficit.

According to the school district, Superintendent Brent Jones is not recommending any school closures or consolidations for the 2024-25 school year. However, the district also said that under-enrolled schools could be consolidated or closed in the future.

Closing a school could save Seattle Public Schools between $750,000 to $2 million.

The projected deficit of $104 million for the 2024-2025 school year could increase to $129 million for 2025-2026, and $153 million for the 2026-2027 school year if the district fails to approve a plan that balances the budget.

The district has cited insufficient funding from the state, a decline in enrollment, and previous staffing decisions as the primary reasons for the structural shortfall.

Enrollment at Seattle Public Schools is approximately 48,000 students across 104 school buildings. From 2019 through 2023, enrollment at the district has decreased by 4,900 students, which has resulted in an $81 million drop in revenue.

District enrollment peaked in 1964 with 94,042 students throughout 117 buildings.

According to a resolution being presented to the school board on Wednesday night, Jones could look more into possible reductions and adjustments in school staffing allocations.

The district’s definition of “well-resourced schools” is a central hub for students, staff, and community. The aim is to ensure every student receives education tailored to their academic, social, and emotional needs.

The Seattle Public Schools School Board is scheduled to vote on a final budget in July.