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School budget approved

Posted: Friday, Jun 28th, 2013

The Siuslaw School Board approved its 2013-2014 budget at Thursday night’s meeting, with appropriations of $18,969,907.

It’s been a long process, with different projections coming in from the state and the school board facing numerous budget reduction scenarios.

The district still faced a $450,000 shortfall, but $263,000 less than originally proposed.

Budget reductions came from the elimination of one teaching position, PERS reform, cuts to the materials budget and other items.

“At one point we were looking at possibly eliminating eight teaching positions,” said district business manager Kari Blake. “Now we are at one position through retirement.”

The one less position will be at the fourth grade level, the class at the elementary school projected to have the least amount of students next year. Numbers for the incoming kindergarten class are expected to be larger than normal, but there are no solid figures yet.

For the complete article see the 06-29-2013 issue.

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