Walla Walla School Board OKs $62.1 million budget


WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board unanimously approved a $62.1 million budget for the 2010-11 school year during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The budget represents $62,116,176 for the district's general fund, which includes main expenses like payroll. Aside from the general fund, the board also approved $920,000 for the district's associated student body fund; $3,740,808 for its debt service fund; $3,896,064 for its capital projects fund; and $246,000 for transportation. The school board approved the budget in time for an Aug. 31 deadline from the state.

Also during the meeting, the board adopted policy 2024, which outlines the district's online learning policy. Under state law, school boards were required to draft policies on online learning and procedures in time for the start of the 2010-11 school year. Washington state has seen significant growth in online schools and participation in the last few years. Walla Walla Public Schools is currently exploring a partnership with Greenways Academy to offer online courses to local middle and high school students.

As a final action item, the school board approved a revision to its upcoming meeting schedule. The board has agreed to meet at 6:30 p.m. for its monthly meetings in October through December, moving up the regular meeting time of 7:30 p.m. The board meets the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/schoolhousemissives.


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