School budget does not necessitate major cuts

For the most part, financially speaking, things are looking up for the Estacada School District.

“In general, the district has taken a cautious optimism in preparing the 2014-15 budget,” District Business Manager Donna Cancio told the Budget Committee on Wednesday, May 14.

The proposed district general fund for 2014-15 is $22,984,330, a $969,480 increase from the 2013-14 year.

Cancio said in a later interview that the proposed budget does not necessitate the loss of any major program or position, to her knowledge.

“This year, it was essentially a rollover budget,” she said.

The committee postponed voting to approve the budget until a few changes were made, then approved the budget on Monday, May 19.

The Estacada School Board will hold a public hearing of the proposed budget at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 11.

The board is scheduled to consider final approval of the budget during the 7 p.m. meeting later that evening.

School board awards Three Lynx demo contract

The Estacada School Board voted to award the contract for the demolition of the Three Lynx School to the Groat Brothers during a meeting on Wednesday, May 14.

After prolonged discussions, the U.S. Forest Service and the Estacada School District agreed on a timeline to demolish the building.

The building had not been used as a school since the late 1980s, which put the district in violation of its special-use permit with the Forest Service, which owns the land the building is on.

The district was granted a series of temporary permits, as the district and forest service negotiated a plan and a timeline for the removal of the building.

After a public bidding process, five bids came in for the demolition project.

The School Board voted to accept the Groat Brothers base bid on May 14.

The base bid comes in at $109,029. The Groat Brothers will have salvage rights.

The project will be paid for from the school district’s capital projects fund.

The fund covers deferred maintenance projects in the district such as roofing and remodeling.

Laura Pramuk, public affairs officer for the Mt. Hood National Forest, said demolition is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

District short on bus drivers

Estacada School District Operations Manager informed the school board that the district is facing the “challenge of not having enough (school) bus drivers.”

“Sadly, I’ve been driving. That takes me away from a lot of other duties,” Lewis said during the school board meeting on Wednesday, May 14.

Lewis said later that the district could use three or four more substitute drivers.

Throughout the year, Lewis said, dispatchers and office personnel have had to drive school buses when a regular driver was unable.

He noted that this is not a problem that is unique to Estacada.

“Oregon City, North Clackamas, and Oregon Trail (First Student) are all having trouble finding enough drivers and they typically pay more per hour than we can afford,” Lewis said. “The district did take steps to close the gap this year by increasing the pay rate for substitute drivers.”

Lewis said the district plans to hire two regular school bus drivers this summer to fill soon-to-be vacant positions.

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