Shoreline School District to hold community meetings about budget shortfall

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

School district headquarters at the Shoreline Center

Shoreline School District is engaged in proactive budget planning work in light of declining revenues and decreased enrollment in recent years.

Since a high point in 2019-20, the district student enrollment has decreased by more than 400 students due to COVID and other factors. The state allocates money based on enrollment.

Declining enrollment is generally anticipated in our near future, due to declining birth rates in King County and limited housing affordability. School districts both nearby and across the country have seen similar enrollment declines.

Along with a decline in enrollment, the District has experienced declining regionalization revenue (for areas that are expensive to live in) from the State at a time when costs have increased. Ultimately, like our families, with declining resources we must right-size our budget to live within our means.

A series of community information sessions will be held to bring awareness across the Shoreline and Lake Forest Park communities to the budget challenges the school district is facing. 

Interested residents, staff, families, and students may attend any session that works for their schedule. The first session was held on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Einstein Middle School.

Three more are planned in February.

Wednesday, February 1, 5-6:00 pm
Kellogg Middle School Commons
16045 25th Ave NE, Shoreline WA 98155

Friday, February 10, 12:30-1:30 pm via Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday, February 15, 6-7:00 pm
Shoreline Room, Shoreline Center (north end of the building)
18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155

Superintendent Susana Reyes will share information about the financial situation of the district, the contributing factors, and our need to rebalance revenue and expenditures for the 2023-24 school year and beyond. Please join us. Your thoughts and questions are welcome.

If you would like to request an interpreter at one of our information sessions, please email no later than Friday, January 27.

Learn more about the 2023-24 Shoreline Schools budget outlook

Budget Advisory Team

The Budget Advisory Team (BAT) is a diverse group of parents/guardians, staff, students, and community members who represent a wide range of perspectives that is meeting to review the district’s current and projected budget challenges and the factors that influence school funding and spending. 

The BAT will work together to develop recommended budget priorities, adjustments, and reductions to present to the School Board in early spring.

Find meeting schedule, recent presentations, and other BAT resources

If you have a suggestion that you think the team should consider, please send it to:


Anonymous,  January 31, 2023 at 12:48 PM  

I hope they answer the questions on who made the calculation errors, why were the errors missed, and for how many years did errors occur? Are errors still being made and missed?

Anonymous,  February 1, 2023 at 7:55 AM  

I'm confused. The city council tells us we have to prepare for significant population growth - that's their public rationale for allowing developers to ravage our single family neighborhoods and clear-cut our urban forests. But the school district doesn't anticipate an increase in tax revenue as a result of this and our ever-increasing property taxes? And with regard to falling enrollment, is the assumption that those new residents won't have kids, or will send them to private schools? The latter would be a sad reflection on the state of the Shoreline school district which used to be a selling point for realtors.

Anonymous,  March 30, 2023 at 5:31 PM  

Mismanagement of funds. No confidence in administration. Now facing huge cuts. Community in Shoreline needs to know and get the word out the district is in dire times. 20 million in the hole. We need to hold the district accountable.

Anonymous,  April 5, 2023 at 12:43 PM  

The school district should take a close look at the longer term trends and not just the immediate state of affairs. Why is enrollment down? Is it truly just COVID or are there emerging ideological agendas or curriculum changes that are pushing families away? Is the status quo (or new status quo) going to attract new students and families or divide and alienate? In addition, we as tax payers need a very transparent picture of how funds are being allocated and whether educator salaries and programs are sustainable going forward regardless of the enrollment numbers.

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