School districts feel the economic pinch

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Eliminating district office positions, reducing landscaping costs and returning to an every-other-day kindergarten program are all potential cost-saving measures that Bellingham School District families could see next school year.

The district released a rank-ordered list of potential budget savings ideas on Monday, Feb. 1, continuing the budget-cutting trend that started last school year.

The 99-item list is based upon ideas submitted by parents, students, community members and staff in December. District officials examined submitted ideas, making sure they were cuts or savings that didn't violate law or contracts and could be implemented by Sept. 1.

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