• 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 have an impact on staff levels, class sizes, and how many schools we have, for example. District staff presented a set of recommendations to the Board of Trustees on April 11, 2024, to reduce $6 million in expenditures. The board met again on April 29, 2024, and made some decisions on the recommendations. To see the spreadsheet of cost-reduction recommendations the board approved, click here. You can also find the spreadsheet in the drop-down menu to the left under FY25 Budget Reductions_Board Decision 4/29/24. 

    Our response.

    1. Transparency. We are committed to providing updates on the shortfall and how we intend to address it as new information is available.

    2. Efficiency. We will continue to consider new 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 numerous conversations with our building leaders, staff, community partners, and our Board of Trustees about cost-saving options. 

    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 active participation and input from our community and will seek ways to gather feedback on our budget priorities and plans to address them.

    You can help!

    1. Stay Informed. Check in with us for new information. Ask questions via the 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.