South Lane School District’s budget committee approved a $26,783,039 budget at its Monday, May 13 meeting that includes funding for school days trimmed during previous lean times and the addition of four positions. The School Board could conceivably adopt the budget at its June 10 meeting, though continued wrangling at the state legislature and negotiations between the District and its teachers could prompt changes.
“It’s frustrating right now because we’re in wait-and-see mode,” said South Lane Superintendent Krista Parent. “We don’t have a State School Fund allocation number from the legislature, and it’s a shame because the adults that are supposed to be getting together to resolve this don’t seem able to resolve much.”
Previously, school districts had been given indication that the legislature would be able to deliver solid budget numbers by April 1. Still, the waiting continues, and South Lane is left to potentially adopt a budget that will have to be adjusted later.
In her budget message to the committee, Parent explained that the District will add back eight days to offer a full calendar to students for the first time in five years. The remainder of the budget, she said, is “status quo” with the addition of four add-backs: Four hours of secretarial time at Bohemia School; .75 FTE for a math teacher at Kennedy High School; two hours’ funding for a campus supervisor at Cottage Grove High School and four hours to fund a network specialist. For the complete article see the 05-22-2013 issue.
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