Beaverton School District leader hosts budget listening session
First meetings to gather public input is Tuesday
Superintendent Jeff Rose and the Beaverton School Board will hold a Budget Listening and Learning Session on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Aloha High School, 18550 S.W. Kinnaman Road.
All community members are invited and encouraged to attend.
District leaders recently discussed Gov. John Kitzhabers proposed 2013-15 budget and its financial implications for Beaverton schools.
With the governors 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 also 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.
Meanwhile, the districts Internal Budget Team is preparing to start work on the 2013-14 budget within the next week. Its work will be completed in late February. Budget sessions for school staff will be held in March.
A proposed budget will then be presented to the districts Budget Committee on April 22.
For more information about the budget process, visit beaverton.k12.or.us.Add a comment