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    2017-18 Budget Development Timeline

    The district will present a 2017-18 budget to the School Board in January 2017 in order to prepare the school budget allocations that are due in February. Seattle Public Schools will need to plan for the worst-case scenario in order to perform essential school and department planning for the 2017-18 school year.

    September 10, 2016

    School Board Retreat

    Presentation by JoLynn Berge, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance to review projected 2017-18 budget. Retreat MinutesPDF icon

    August - October 2016

    Parent and Community Budget Meetings

    SPS Budget hosted two budget presentation sessions this fall for parents and community members to learn budget background information and to gather feedback on the question, “What Do You Value?” as it relates to potential funding changes for the 2017-18 school year. October Budget Meeting Presentation PDF icon

    October 26, 2016

    School Board Oversight Work Session

    Presentation by JoLynn Berge, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance to review projected 2017-18 budget. Budget Update for Board Work SessionPDF icon

    November 1, 2016

    School Leaders Presentation

    Presentation by JoLynn Berge, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance to review projected 2017-18 budget to school leaders.

    November 8, 2016

    School Allocations Work Group

    Budget staff, school leaders and teaching and learning staff meet to discuss challenges of 2017‐18 projected budget gap. Set calendar and timeline and establish to have recommendations to superintendent by November 30. Meeting notesPDF icon

    November 16, 2016

    Board Budget Meetings

    Board work session for budget. Work session agendaPDF icon

    Regular meeting with presentation by Tom Ahearne, lead counsel, Network for Excellence in Washington Schools, at the November 16, 2016 School Board meeting. In his presentation he explains the state’s failure to fully fund education and the impact on school districts. Watch Ahearne' presentation

    November 22, 2016

    School Board Work Session

    Board Budget Work Session with introduction of initial recommendations. Meeting agendaPDF icon

    December 1, 2016

    Letter to Families

    Dr. Nyland sends letter to families regarding 2017-18 potential budget deficit. Read the letter.

    December 3, 2016

    Board Budget Retreat

    Board review of additional recommended reductions. Retreat agendaPDF icon

    December 5, 2016

    Staff Budget Information Session

    Presentation by Superintendent Nyland and JoLynn Berge, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance to review projected 2017-18 budget. Staff session presentationPDF icon

    December - January 2016

    Community Meetings

    Seattle Council PTSA hosted budget meetings

    PTSA-Hosted Meeting SPS Budget Presentation PDF icon

    Invite SPS Budget Staff to Your School or Community Meeting

    Between Dec. 5, 2016 and January 4, 2017 invite Seattle Public Schools budget staff to come present at your school or to your community. Input from school staff and families will help the School Board prioritize budget cuts. School leaders may request an engagement session by emailing the budget office at

    January 11, 2017

    2017-18 Budget Recommendations Finalized

    Worst-case scenario budget recommendations and additional feedback from the School Board. Read more about the budget recommendations regarding worst case scenario.

    February 2017

    School Budget Allocations go to Schools

    School budget allocations for 2017-18 go out at the end of February to schools to prepare for the next year. This will likely include displacement of staff due to the Legislative crisis and anticipated budget deficit.

    February – March 2017

    Schools Develop Budget

    School-based decisions and staffing.

    March 1, 2017

    Legislative Action Needed

    Washington Legislative action needed by this time to adjust worst case budget planning.

    May 2017

    Contracts Provided

    2017-18 contracts will be provided as well as a potential Reduction in Force (RIF). By state law the district must let educators know if they have a contract by May 15, 2017.

    June 2017

    Projected Budget Baseline

    Based upon past Legislative sessions, we expect that the State Legislature to take action on the final budget in late June or early July.

    July 2017

    School Board Action Recommend Budget

    Introduction of the district budget to the SPS School Board (dependent on Legislature timeline).

    August 2017

    Final Budget Filed with OSPI

    Approval of the district budget by the SPS School board (dependent on Legislature timeline). Once the budget is approved the district may be able to call back staff or reinstate funding to schools, departments and divisions based on the School Board’s priorities.

    Action You Can Take

    The district is actively lobbying our legislature to fully fund education. However, we are legally prohibited from encouraging the public to lobby on our behalf.

    Learn More

    Learn more and support the Seattle School Board’s resolution to ensure full funding of public education by visiting the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools' website.