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Schools business manager plans to leave Forest Grove in late May

After four years, Darin Davidson will vacate his spot as budget talks ramp up

Darin Davidson, the Forest Grove School District's business manager, has decided to leave his position by the end of May.

He's been with the district since 2007, when he replaced Mike Schofield, who took a job in the Gresham-Barlow School District.

Davidson's departure comes at a critical time for the district, which is grappling with a $7 million to $11 million shortfall in the 2011-12 budget cycle.

The next meeting of the district budget committee is April 7, with an eye toward finalizing next year's budget by early May.

Superintendent Yvonne Curtis will deliver her budget message May 5, and school board members are scheduled to adopt the new financial plan June 13.

With the district's reserves fund expected to dip to 1.5 percent of the current $51.8 million budget - down from 4 percent in January - there isn't much wiggle room among the line items.

The drop in reserves was due to 'decreased enrollment and other factors that forced the district to make mid-year cuts' in February, Davidson said.

It's likely the district will make reductions of 15 to 20 percent to the general fund in order to balance the budget, said Davidson, 44.

'At this point, the district is analyzing the information that came out of the Community Summit on Education and the Staff Summit and building the proposed budget,' said Davidson.

So far, no one has been selected to replace Davidson, said district spokeswoman Connie Potter. The business manager job, which pays an annual salary of $123,729, was posted on the district's website March 17.