Washington State Center for Childhood Deafness and Hearing Loss
|Annual FTEs||General Fund State||Other Funds||Total Funds|
|(Dollars in Thousands)|
2017-19 Maintenance Other Changes
|Fiscal & Financial Services||1.0||262||0||262|
|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|
Funding is provided for additional support in the agency's business office.
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.
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.
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.
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.