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Forest Grove School Board to consider adopting budget

It's almost the end of the line for the operating budget proposed by Forest Grove schools superintendent Yvonne Curtis for next year.

Members of the school board will consider adopting the 2012-13 financial blueprint, with $3.1 million in cuts, during their regular meeting Monday, June 11.

Set in the Grove Room at the district administration office, 1728 Main St., the session will begin with a public hearing on the budget document. After that, deliberations by the board will begin in earnest.

The budget plan, already approved by the district budget committee in May, must be finalized and sent to the state Department of Education by June 30. That gives the board one more opportunity - its June 25 meeting - to get the job done.

About a dozen teaching positions, six days of school and cuts to special ed, counseling, elementary PE and music, athletics and activities are on the chopping block for next year.

Board chair Alisa Hampton and members Fred Marble, Kate Grandusky, John Hayes and Gil Jimenez are charged with putting their stamp of approval on the budget's bottom line.

But district business manager Mike Schofield has emphasized at recent meetings that because enrollment numbers and expected revenue from the state will remain up in the air until later in the year, district officials have leeway to move funds around between budgeted line items once the final number is adopted by the board.