Ferndale, WA. The Ferndale School District is acknowledging that a levy renewal request to Ferndale voters has fallen short.
Ferndale School District Superintendent Dr. Linda Quinn says, “We are disappointed for staff, students, volunteers and community, as this loss will mean significant changes in the educational experience we are able to offer students in Ferndale. Starting today, we are considering all of our options.”
One of the options allowed by state law is to re-run the levy in April, August or November of 2020. However, the failure on February 11 requires that the District plan for cuts to staff and programs even if the District decides to ask voters to re-consider the levy.
For context, the District estimates this loss will mean an approximate cut of $7 Million for the 2020-2021 school year and $13 Million for the 2021-2022 school year.
Ferndale School District Board President Andrew McLaurin summarizes the feeling in the Ferndale School District after the loss: “This loss is particularly disheartening as we are the only district in Whatcom County to fail its levy. As someone who believes in this district and its schools, that is really tough.”
Staff throughout the District communicated disappointment with results. Ferndale Administrative Assistant Association President Renetta Pollock says: “Frankly, I am sad for kids. It is hard for me to think about how this will impact our students.”
Superintendent Quinn has called an optional all-staff meeting to debrief the levy, discuss next steps, and answer questions. The District expects to release additional information in the near future.