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DISTRICT NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 9, 2016

Gresham-Barlow School Board adopts 2016-17 budget
 
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 Board adopted the 2016-17 school district budget on June 9. 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 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.
 
“Next school year’s state funding level will allow us to avoid program or staffing reductions,” said Superintendent Jim Schlachter. “I am pleased we can maintain the staffing increases we introduced in 2015-16 to lower class sizes. The budget also includes the purchase of much needed high school math curriculum aligned to the state standards.”
 
Class Size and Learning Environments:
Maintaining school staff positions added in 2015-16

The 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 2016-17 budget funds instructional staffing aimed at supporting lower class sizes during the critical years of kindergarten and first grade. The staffing budget allows the district to 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

The 2016-17 budget will allow the district to purchase high school math curriculum and resources at a cost of approximately $400,000.
The budget also includes $17,000 for the district’s new teacher training and support program. The budget earmarks $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 will be available for students in grades 6-8.
 
Community Partnerships:
Middle school basketball restored

The 2016-17 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. 

Click here to view the 2016-17 Budget

 
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