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Layoffs Likely As More Schools Release Budgets

Two of Oregon’s largest school districts presented budgets this week that could lead to staff layoffs in Salem and Beaverton.

Oregon has three school districts that are far bigger than the rest.  The largest - Portland Public – has proposed what it calls a “no-cut” budget.

The next biggest – Salem-Keizer - faces a nearly $18 million hole.

Superintendent Sandi Husk says that assumes lawmakers reduce public pension costs and pass their proposed education budget.

Husk would use reserves to fill more than half of the gap. She says the other half could come from staff making financial concessions.

“If we can get that, then we would bring those proposals specifically to the board, because they’re contractual agreements. If we can not, then we would have to come back to you with additional cuts to staffing.”

Things are even less certain in the equally large Beaverton district.

It has a property tax on the May ballot. If it fails, officials say Beaverton would be $10 million in the hole. If it passes, the district would be $5 million in the black.

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