Our Budget Picture
Through a combination of cost of living adjustments and salary increases, Highline has consistently invested educator pay over the past five years. Increases to starting teacher pay have been:
- 2014-15: 3.5%
- 2015-16: 4.7%
- 2016-17: 5.6%
- 2017-18: 9.6%
- 2018-19: 13% (subject to HEA ratification)
Combined, these increases amount to a 36.4% increase.
The latest increase in the tentative agreement between HPS and HEA provides our teachers with a salary range that tops out at $111,245 for 2018-19—among the highest in comparable school districts.
This increase allows us to stay within our budget through the period of school funding changes phasing in over the coming years. This video explains the funding picture in simple terms.
Under the state legislature’s McCleary plan, Highline will get more state dollars but fewer local levy dollars.
Essentially, the McCleary plan increases state dollars through a funding swap. In 2019-20, our local levy funding will be cut to less than half what our voters approved in 2018.
Much of the new state dollars must be used for certain programs, like lower class sizes and special education, so the increase we get from the state will not make up for the loss of levy dollars next year.
- In 2019-20 we will have a net loss in revenue.
- In 2020-21, we will see a revenue increase, but it will be minimal.
We are saving some of our current year levy dollars to carry over to the next two years to make up for the loss in revenue.
This will prevent us from having to make major cuts to staff and programs in the next two years.