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Scappoose schools up employment for 2016-17

The Scappoose School District unanimously approved a $28.2 million budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year during a regular board meeting Monday, June 13.

The recently adopted budget allows the district to hire 227 full-time employees in 2016-17, an increase from the 215 employees budgeted in 2015-16, said Mitch Neilson, Scappoose School District business manager.

The school district has experienced a 3 percent increase in student enrollment this year and the increase in staffing helps accommodate for the influx, Neilson explained. The board of directors also approved a renewal of the school district’s tax rate of $4.9725 per $1,000 of assessed value.