Coupeville schools petition state for additional $400k

Coupeville School District is asking the state superintendent’s office for $400,000 to cover unexpected expenses.

The school board Monday night unanimously approved a resolution to petition the state for the funds, which would cover the cost of increased enrollment, repairs to the high school’s roof and an unexpected increase in stipends paid for class size relief.

“If we didn’t do that, they wouldn’t send us the money for extra students we didn’t budget for,” said board President Kathleen Anderson.

At the beginning of the school year the district had an increased enrollment by around 70 students, said Superintendent Jim Shank. By the end of the year, that number rounded down to closer to 50 students not budgeted for.

The majority of the $400,000 request is to cover the cost of the high school roof. The district doesn’t have an exact cost for the project, because it can’t find a contractor able to do the work right now.

When determining a figure for the fund request, the district used its best estimate on what the cost will be.

The district’s current 2016-17 budget stands at just over $11 million.

Staff are also currently working on required documents for the district’s next budget, but are having to use estimates for that as well.

“Because the legislature is still meeting, we have no idea how much money we’re going to get for the budget,” Anderson said.

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