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Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss

  Annual FTEs General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Estimated Expenditures 126.0 21,857 1,123 22,980

2017-19 Maintenance Other Changes

Fiscal & Financial Services 1.0 262 0 262
Nutrition Services 0.0 23 0 23
Transportation 1.9 378 0 378
2017-19 Maintenance Other Changes Total 2.9 663 0 663

2017-19 Maintenance Comp Changes

Teacher & Staff Salary Adjustment 530 0 530
2017-19 Maintenance Comp Changes Total 0.0 530 0 530
Total Maintenance Changes 2.9 1,193 0 1,193
2017-19 Maintenance Level 128.9 23,050 1,123 24,173

2017-19 Policy Other Changes

Statewide Outreach Program 9.4 1,577 0 1,577
Fiscal & Financial Services 0.0 500 0 500
WA Career Academy for the Deaf 0.50 78 0 78
2017-19 Policy Other Changes Total 9.9 2,155 0 2,155
Total Policy Changes 9.9 2,155 0 2,155
2017-19 Policy Level 138.8 25,205 1,123 26,328

Policy Changes

Fiscal & Financial Services

Funding is provided for additional support in the agency's business office.

Nutrition Services

During the 2017-18 school year, the Washington School for the Deaf made changes to its Nutrition Services Program operations by moving all cooking functions to the cafeteria. This move was in response to risk code reassignment by the Department of Labor & Industries and is an ongoing change. Funding is provided for increased staffing and compensation necessary to accommodate breakfast meal preparation and services that were previously provided in the cottages only.


Transportation costs at the Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss (CDHL) are outpacing available funding. Funding is provided to support increases in contract, salary, and goods and services costs for the transportation program that were not anticipated at the time of the 2018 supplemental budget.

Teacher & Staff Salary Adjustment

RCW 72.40.028 mandates that certificated staff at the Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss receive salaries commensurate with the Vancouver School District. In September 2018 the district ratified contracts including a 21.5 percent increase to the wage scale. A consequence of these mandated increases is salary compression between instructional and administrative staff. Funding is provided to increase both instructional and administrative salaries to provide the required level of compensation for teachers and maintain an appropriate level of pay for administrators.

Statewide Outreach Program

Funding is provided to support expansion of services provided by the statewide outreach team at the local, regional, and statewide levels. Per RCW 72.40.015, the Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss is required to provide statewide leadership and support for the coordination of regionally delivered educational services for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Demand for the outreach team services has increased annually and exceeds the ability to deliver services at the current funding level.

WA Career Academy for the Deaf

Funding is provided for a job coach at the Washington Career Academy, the agency's post-high school program for deaf and hard of hearing individuals between the ages of 18 and 22 who have graduated high school or hold a GED. The program provides training and instruction related to employment readiness skills, work-based experience, independent living skills, and college support. The job coach position will provide support and guidance for students in off-campus work placements.