WA Legislature Forces Asotin Anatone School District Cuts
$4.25 per $1,000 levy dropped to $1.50 per $1,000
ASOTIN, WA – The Asotin-Anatone School District is just one of several small districts getting hit hard this year with a change to its levy. You may have seen a request for information about sending your kids to preschool there. Superintendent Dale Bonfield is trying to get a handle on what’s going to have to be cut, and preschool could very well be one of the programs to go.
The voters in the Asotin-Anatone School District approved a levy of $4.25 per $1,000 of assessed home value to fund school programs. Then, last year, the Washington State legislature decided that a levy couldn’t be more than $1.50. Bonfield says the legislators overestimated how much the district would get from the assessed value of homes, and when they were wrong, it put the district in a crunch, and that’s not fair to the voters. “Not only was it the community members who voted for it, but I myself, my wife, and my family all voted for it because we believe in these programs, we believe these are what make Asotin, Asotin.”
The district has come up about $1.7 million short, and Bonfield says regardless of how much he doesn’t want to cut anything, some programs and staff members are going to have to go. He says part of what makes the district great is how involved students are in the after-school programs, and he doesn’t want to have to cut any of them. Bonfield said “We think that really helps the make-up of our school and builds a sense of community and provides our kids a great opportunity to become better citizens in the future, so we want to continue those programs and find a way that we can do that.”
The district is currently going through a cost analysis of all the current programs to see what’s going to get cut and how much.