District will have more Gain Share funds for 2014-15 school year than expected

The Beaverton School District received some surprising news on Friday.

Washington County officials announced the district would receive an additional $1.36 million in Gain Share funding, since current fiscal year state revenues had exceeded expectations. The original Gain Share contribution to the district was $2.3 million, for a total of $3.68 million.

The funding would apply to the 2014-15 school year.

“This is good news for any school district,” said Sue Robertson, chief human resources officer for Beaverton schools.

What will the new funds be invested in?

Many staff members are away this week, Robertson said, so “we haven’t had a chance to meet.” At the August School Board meeting, she said options for use of the additional cash will be discussed.

Though adding staff positions is an option, some county school districts are cautious about doing so with one-time funds.

The announcement from Washington County Chairman Andy Duyck and Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey proposed sharing $8 million with Washington County school districts, $3 million more than previously announced for 2014-15.

“Gain Share allows local governments that have abated property taxes — like Washington County, Hillsboro and other partner agencies — to channel some of the state income tax dollars that we generate back into the local community,” Duyck said. “We are proud to distribute even more of these Gain Share shares to Washington County schools.”

The additional funding is a direct result of a “successful state-local partnership,” he added.

The proposal for sharing Gain Share funds with school district continues the practice of distributing the funds to each of the seven school districts on a per-student basis.

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