Edmonds School District to cut fewer jobs than initially planned in fixing budget shortfall

EDMONDS, Wash. — The Edmonds School District voted Tuesday night to amend a plan to cut creative programs to address the district’s budget shortfall.

Edmonds is one of the many districts in western Washington dealing with an unexpected shortage of money this year, including some of the region’s biggest districts like Seattle, Tacoma and Northshore.

Edmonds is short about $15 million. Over the last week, students and parents have protested the plans to cut special education and music programs to make up the difference.

On Tuesday night, the district decided it would cut 32 positions, down from an initial plan to cut 46 teaching jobs.

The board had to vote on a plan in time to let affected employees know before May 15, or else it would be in violation of state law.