4,200 start school today

With a budget of  $44.8 million for the 2011-2012 school term, approximately 4,200 students are expected to begin classes today at Island schools.

Dean Mack, executive director of business services for the district, said the district expects just over 1,800 students at the three elementary schools, just under 1,000 students at Islander Middle School, and 1,400 at Mercer Island High School. Counts will be finalized in a few weeks.

School district officials budget for the school term primarily on the basis of the number of students who are expected to attend. The challenge this year was to deal with $1.9 million in budget cuts from the state.

The budget was shored up by the $1.2 million raised by the Bridge the Gap campaign, which represented 15.4 percent of the total school budget.

The district will end the year with a $3.7 million general fund balance.


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