Budget Balancing Principles

Mercer Island School District #400

The Board of Directors is guided by three sets of budget planning principles: board responsibilities, district priorities, and decision-making standards


  • Adopt a balanced budget
  • Meet all legal requirements
  • Maintain a safe learning environment
  • Meet bargained commitments to staff
  • Maintain an ending fund balance of 4%
  • Continue a high quality environment and program for K-12 students


  • Preserve basic education programs and staffing levels (e.g., meeting WAC program hours, WAC seat-time hours, maintain adequate scope of secondary programs for students to meet graduation requirements, and continue high eligibility of student acceptance into all ranges of post-secondary institutions, etc.)
  • Focus financial resources on program that directly support the District’s 2020 vision.
  • Minimize impacts on schools/classrooms
  • Retain an essential level of support services for District operations
  • Sustain staff, parent and community support

Budget decisions should be:

  • Legal
  • Sustainable
  • Timely
  • Cost effective
  • Commensurate with adjustments in student enrollment
  • Evaluated on an ongoing basis

Approved by Board on February 26, 2009