SEATTLE -- Severe budget cuts are coming to Seattle Public Schools to make ends meet, administrators say.
The district needs to cut about $5 million this school year, and about $36 million from next year's budget. The math works out to about $800 less per student.
The priority of the district and the school board is to preserve student programs and maintain academic achievement, says Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson.
Administrators are looking at a worst-case-scenario of a 25 percent cut in central staffing.
Goodloe-Johnson is already calling it a "bare bones situation" with tough choices ahead.
By May, school districts across Washington will realize the full impact of the cuts when the legislature firms up funding.
A budget meeting will be held Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the district headquarters.