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2023 Legislative Priorities



The Olympia School District will face funding shortfalls in the 2023-24 school year and beyond. The shortfalls are caused, in part, by long-term structural inequitable funding mechanisms (Regionalization, Staff Mix, low state salary allocations) and underfunded state or federal requirements (Special Education, Health Care, K-3 class size).


These shortfalls are exacerbated by enrollment declines driven by the pandemic. To address these financial realities, we request necessary legislative action as follows:


Provide Equitable and Flexible Funding

  • Fully fund staff salaries so that the voter-approved levy is not subsidizing state basic education responsibilities
  • Review regionalization so that Olympia is not placed at a disadvantage with neighboring districts
  • Fully fund the salaries of experienced teachers


Fully Fund Special Education

  • Fully fund the cost of educating our students receiving special education services so that the voter-approved levy is not subsidizing state basic education responsibilities


Fully Fund Transportation

  • Update the state’s transportation funding formula to cover the cost of driver compensation, and fully fund the transportation safety net for specialized transportation with low ridership


Continue Investment in Pandemic Recovery and the Physical and Mental Well-being of Students

  • Increase investments and staffing to better support students’ behavior and mental health needs
  • Support district efforts to provide multi-systems of support and ensure all staff have the training to provide trauma-informed care
  • Fully fund school meals for all students


Close Opportunity Gaps and Advance Equity

  • Support districts’ efforts to recruit, support and retain staff who reflect the diversity of the community we serve
  • Fund necessary professional development for all staff to be responsive to the diverse needs of our learning community



2022-23 budget survey results

Each spring as the district plans the next school year’s budget, students, staff, parents/guardians and community members are asked to share their priorities for how the district should spend its local and state resources.


In spring 2022, the community was asked to complete an online budget survey to help the district plan for the 2022-23 school year. The deadline to complete the survey was June 3, 2022.




School Board Approves 2021-22 Budget

The Olympia School Board has unanimously agreed to adopt a $254.1 million budget for the 2021-22 school year.


The budget approved by the board on June 24, 2021 represents $171 million for operating resources and $63 million for capital investments, including $9 million for technology and safety levy investments approved by voters in 2018. The remaining resources are devoted to the Associated Student Body fund, Debt Services fund and Transportation Vehicle fund.


The operating budget includes the expenditure of $8 million in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funds (ESSER II and ESSER III) devoted to the district's Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan filed with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on June 1, 2021.




2021-22 Budget Process and Survey Responses




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