Sequim: School Board to discuss budget cuts tonight

The Sequim School Board will hold a special meeting tonight to consider program cuts deemed necessary by the recent failure of a $5.44 million maintenance and operations replacement levy.

Superintendent Garn Christensen said the board will need to approve about $1.2 million in cuts to offset the loss of levy revenues beginning in January.

Voters in the Sequim School District, which includes the Dungeness Valley, Miller Peninsula and Gardiner in Jefferson County, rejected the replacement levy by a narrow margin in a Feb. 4 special election.

The board meets at 7 p.m. in the board room at the high school performing arts center, 601 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim.

Board members have discussed another levy try this year, possibly lowering the rate from the proposed $1.21 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation.

But Christensen said the school-year budget must be adjusted to accommodate the end of levy revenues and will propose a phased-in reduction of programs such as middle-school athletics and extracurricular activities.

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