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DISTRICT NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2016
 
Gresham-Barlow School District proposes 2016-17 budget
 
Proposed budget maintains 2015-16 staff additions, provides for updated curriculum and instructional materials, and restores co-curricular program at the middle school level
 
The Gresham-Barlow School District presented a proposed budget for the 2016-17 school year to the district’s budget committee on May 12. The $122 million general fund budget is based on a $7.376 billion funding level for K-12 schools for the 2015-17 biennium.
 
The 2016-17 proposed budget is informed by the District’s mission and vision for the future and the strategic themes identified in the district’s strategic plan. The District’s ability to “prepare every student for success” is directly related to the district’s education plan, which supports the strategic plan.
 
“The proposed 2016-17 budget maintains our current educational program,” said Superintendent Jim Schlachter. “I am pleased that for the third year in a row, the state has provided enough funding to allow us to avoid program or staffing reductions.”
 
Class Size and Learning Environments:
Maintaining school staff positions added in 2015-16

The proposed 2016-17 budget maintains staff added in the fall of 2015 to lower class sizes and support student needs. The cost of the 16 additional positions, made up of a combination of teachers and support staff, is approximately $1 million.
 
Early Learning:
Supporting lower class sizes in kindergarten and first grade

The proposed 2016-17 budget funds instructional staffing aimed at supporting lower class sizes during the critical years of kindergarten and first grade. The staffing budget proposed would maintain the current class size averages of 24.2 in kindergarten and 25.7 in first grade.
 
Teaching and Learning, Growth and Achievement for All:
Up-to-date curriculum and instructional resources funded

In the 2016-17 budget, the district proposes purchasing high school math curriculum and resources. The investment would be approximately $400,000.
The district has proposed an added investment of $17,000 for the district’s new teacher training and support program. The proposed budget includes $142,080 to open an alternative middle school program. Modeled after the high school REY Academy now at Gresham High School, the middle school REY Academy would be available for students in grades 6-8.
 
Community Partnerships:
Middle school basketball restored

The proposed budget includes $183,000 to restore girls and boys 7th and 8th grade basketball. Middle school sports were significantly reduced in 2010 with only track and field remaining.
 
“The 2016-17 proposed budget is aimed at maintaining the staffing increases we introduced in 2015-16 to lower class sizes,” said Superintendent Schlachter. “We are also investing in curriculum aligned to state standards and we are beginning to incrementally restore co-curricular programs reduced five years ago.”
 
The district’s Budget Committee will meet on May 26 to vote on approving the budget. Public testimony will be taken at the meeting. Once the budget is approved by the Budget Committee, the school board must adopt the budget. This vote is scheduled to take place at the June 9 school board meeting.
 
Budget Committee Meeting to take public testimony and approve budget:
May 26
7 p.m.
Center for Advanced Learning
1484 NW Civic Drive
Gresham, OR  97030


School Board hearing on the budget:
June 9
6:45 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
School District Office
1331 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR 97030
 
School Board meeting to adopt budget:
June 9
7 p.m.
School District Office
1331 NW Eastman Parkway
Gresham, OR 97030
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