Local school districts are feeling the pinch after the state Legislature made yet another round of reductions to kindergarten through 12th grade education in an emergency budget cutting session recently.
House Bill 3225 includes $39.4 million in cuts to K-12 education. The funding was originally intended to lower class sizes in kindergarten through fourth-grade.
Locally, it will mean an additional $324,000 cut for Washougal schools, or five teachings positions, and a $336,000 cut to Camas schools, approximately seven positions.
Camas School District Superintendent Mike Nerland said there are no plans to reduce staff this year.
“Because (the money) wasn’t available until after we adopted our budget for 2010-11, it was not committed to specific expenditures,” he said. “We were hoping to use it to ‘soften the blow’ of the cuts that we anticipated would come from the state in the next biennium, so the loss of funding will make budgeting more difficult for the 2011-12 fiscal year.”