• About the FY25 Budget Shortfall

    Thank you for visiting! This page provides information for our families, students, staff, and community members about next year’s anticipated $6 million budget shortfall. Our goal is to be sure our stakeholders have a clear understanding of the issues and our plans to address them. We’ll update this page as new information becomes available. 

    The issue, in a nutshell.

    The Coeur d’Alene School District is making plans to address a budget challenge next school year when we expect our costs to be about $6 million higher than our revenue. We call this a budget shortfall

    Why do we have a budget shortfall?

    1. Less state funding. The State of Idaho has returned to a public school funding method which reduces the amount of state money we receive every year.

    2. Lower enrollment. This year, our enrollment is down 460 students, and we expect it to be down another 300 students next year.

    3. Increased costs. Our operating costs have increased about $2 million.

     

    Why is our enrollment down?

    1. A decade of lower birth rates.

    2. Parents have more choices to educate their children - private, charter, online, homeschooling.

    3. High housing prices which young families may not be able to afford.

    4. An older population moving in who don't have school-aged children.

    The impact on our schools.

    The budget shortfall directly impacts our ability to maintain and improve educational programs, support services, and facilities. The difficult decisions we will make will impact staffing levels, class sizes, how many schools we have, programming, and school week schedules, for example. District staff presented a set of recommendations to reduce $6 million in expenditures at a workshop on April 11, 2024.

    Our response.

    1. Transparency. We are committed to providing updates on this issue as new information is available, including the steps we are taking to address the shortfall.

    2. Efficiency. We are actively considering ways to reduce costs, increase revenue, and operate more efficiently without compromising on our commitment to provide every student with the educational experience they need and deserve.

    3. Collaboration. We won't make decisions in a vacuum. We've had several conversations with our principals, community partners, and our Board of Trustees about possible cost-savings options. We have sent a survey to our families, middle and high school students, and staff to learn how they feel about adopting a different school week schedule, for example.

    4. Communication. We will continue to provide information to our community about the importance of adequate public school funding so our teachers and staff have the resources they need to ensure our students are successful.

    5. Community Engagement. We value the active participation and input of our community and will seek new ways to gather feedback on our budget priorities and solutions through conversations and partnerships we have with so many of our stakeholders.

    You can help!

    1. Stay Informed. Check in with us for new information. Ask questions via our Contact Us button on our website. Let us know what you think of our efforts and provide your feedback. Our decisions will be better if they are informed by input from our community.

    2. Support. Continue to support our students and staff by volunteering, attending events, and sharing your ideas with us.

    We'll get through this together.

    We recognize the challenges posed by the budget shortfall, but we are committed to finding solutions that put the needs of our students first and allow us to maintain the high quality of education we insist upon. Thank you for your understanding, support, and partnership as we navigate this challenging time together.