With boosts in state and local funding for the upcoming school year, the Seattle School Board on Wednesday unanimously passed a $639 million general-fund budget that will allow the district to offer free all-day kindergarten in eight more schools, hire more teachers to keep up with enrollment growth and, in general, keep up with increasing costs.
This is the first time in five years that the district’s per-student funding from the state has increased, district administrators say.
In all, the district plans to add about 240 to 250 jobs, about half of which will be teaching positions. It also will add 14 new vice principals, primarily in elementary schools that will have more than 400 students for the first time, and 70 to 80 instructional assistants. Special-education staff will go up some, too, to help solve problems identified by the state.