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Sequim schools approve budget, cut class fees

August 21st, 2013 - 6:24am

Sequim - - The Sequim School District has finalized its 2013-2014 "General Fund Budget", and the news is all good for students as they return to class this fall. Out of the allotted 26-million dollar budget, no cuts were required this year and in some classes, fees have even been waived.

"This is the first time in four years where we have not had to make cuts due to legislative changes," said district business manager Brian Lewis. "We were able to keep offering a wide range of electives and our core courses. We were able to maintain lower class sizes at our elementary and we cut class fees for middle and high school."

Lewis did indicate that there will be some changes to this year's "Transportation Vehicle Fund Budget" so that the school district can begin to update its aging fleet of buses.

"Usually we budget about $150,000 each year, but this year we are budgeting for $1.6 million as we spend the proceeds from a vehicle levy approved in February," said Lewis. "We are going to start the process of totally replacing our bus fleet."

Students in the Sequim School District will begin their school year after the Labor Day weekend when school officially gets underway on Wednesday, September 4th.

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