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The 2014-15 budget adopted by the Hillsboro School District budget committee this month — and scheduled for adoption by the school board June 10 — adds funds for the first time in six years.

One additional school day, smaller classes and more investment in technology and classroom support are the big ticket items in a budget that will include an additional $6.2 million in expenditures.

Funding from a variety of state and federal sources came in higher than anticipated for next year, including more money from the state, additional local property tax collections, fewer students statewide than originally projected and several other sources.

“It was a good surprise,” said Superintendent Mike Scott.

The proposed budget will:

n Reduce class size across the board by one, to a ratio of 29:1, at a cost of $1.6 million;

n Reduce first- and second-grade class size by one, to 28:1, at a cost of $260,000;

n Reduce kindergarten class size by three to 26:1, at a cost of $195,000; and

n Add back one instructional day to the school year, at a cost of $465,000.

Scott said reducing class sizes will add an estimated 40 new full-time equivalent staff, “mostly teachers,” to district classrooms next year.

Reduced class sizes, Scott said, is an average. Not all classrooms will see a reduction in the number of students.

Additionally, the budget calls for $1 million in technology investment, bringing teacher’s classroom computers up to standards to run Synergy, the new student information system. An additional $500,000 will be spent on upgrading technology infrastructure by adding wireless access points at the high schools.

More information on the proposed 2014-15 school district budget can be found at hsd.k12.or.us.

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