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Oregon School Districts Consider Spending Added Funds Before They Arrive

OPB | Oct. 8, 2013 4:16 p.m. | Portland

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School districts in Oregon are getting $100 million dollars from the recently-completed special legislative session. But the money won’t arrive until next July. 

School leaders are deciding whether to spend the money before it’s in hand.

Portland Public Schools has proposed adding 50 positions in this school year. They’d include about 25 teachers, as well as more counselors and other positions.

Board members conveyed support for the move, in light of larger-than-expected budget reserves, and the additional state funding, come July.

Salem-Keizer officials say they might spend some of the money this year, too. Budget pressure last spring forced Salem school board members to cut three days off the current school year. A district spokesman said they might restore those.

Other districts characterize the special session money as funding for next school year.

A summary on the Eugene school district’s website says, “it’s important to know that this year’s school funding is not affected.”

The North Clackamas and Beaverton schools have also said the money will help with the next academic year.

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