Each year brings a different context to budgeting. The following are parameters supported by the School Board to guide the district in developing the 2024 – 2025 school year’s budget, including how to approach budget reductions.

Prioritize Each & Every Student

  • Prioritize students and their educational experience; start with cuts furthest from the classroom
  • Protect the district’s strategic priorities, moving funds from other areas as needed
  • Maintain equitable support, services, and opportunities to continue to close opportunity gaps and deliver on our Equity and Accountability commitments.

Reduce Expenditures

  • Find ways to reduce the budget by $10 million through efficiencies and trimming, versus elimination of programs or services
  • Maintain consistent and predictable operations and services, while improving efficiency

Increase Revenue

  • Advocate for regionalization of the local levy during this year’s short legislative session
  • Build on the educational excellence of BSD to retain and attract students
  • Partner with community partners, including the Bellevue Schools Foundation and the City of Bellevue, to increase revenue through community donations
  • Pursue additional funding opportunities locally as well as creative opportunities for cost-sharing, cost-cutting, increased efficiencies, and revenue generation.

Plan for the Long-Term

  • Stabilize our long-term financial picture
  • End the 2024 – 2025 school year with at least $21.5 million in general fund reserves
  • Allocate resources to successfully launch the new strategic plan, including investing in new and innovative opportunities, using an intentional, multi-year, budget-responsible approach to program investments
  • Develop a plan to address district structural issues that result in budget deficits

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.