Beaverton district asks community to take online survey

The Beaverton School District invites community members to complete an online survey about a possible local option levy.

People have until Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. to complete the survey at

District leaders recently discussed Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed 2013-15 budget and its financial implications for Beaverton schools.

With the governor’s proposed $6.15 billion K-12 state school fund, Beaverton faces a $23 million shortfall. If the Legislature moves forward with Public Employees Retirement System reform at that state funding level, the district will be forced to cut $15 million from the 2013-14 district budget.

If the state K-12 education funding is increased to $6.4 billion in addition to PERS reform savings, Beaverton faces $7 million in budget reductions.

The School Board is considering putting a local option levy before Beaverton voters in May that could generate an estimated $10 million to $13 million in 2013-14, which could allow the district to invest in schools for the first time in five years rather than slash positions and programs. District leaders are in the process of determining the level of community support of a levy and the feasibility of a campaign under a tight deadline. The survey results will help influence that decision.

For more information about the survey, contact the district’s Communications and Community Department at 503-591-4360.

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