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School board adds back three days

Hillsboro School Board members voted Tuesday to restore three days to the district’s 2013-14 calendar.

District officials were able to restore the days thanks to approximately $1.2 million in additional funding expected to come to the district from the state’s Gain Share program. Gain Share reimburses local jurisdictions a portion of state income taxes generated by — in Washington County’s case — economic development at large businesses such as Intel and Genentech through the Strategic Investment Program.

In June Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey and Washington County Commission Chairman Andy Duyck announced their intent to share $10 million of the county’s anticipated $50 million in Gain Share funds during the next biennium to help boost school funding in the county.

The $10 million breaks down to about $1.2 million each year for the next two years for the Hillsboro schools, said district Communications Director Beth Graser.

Each school day costs the district about $460,000 in operating expenses, she said.

Hillsboro students have not seen a full school year since 2008-09.

The three days added back to the calendar are Monday, Oct. 14, 2013; Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 and Friday, May 13, 2014. Graser said officials chose those three days to try balance the number of days in each semester.



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