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Schools’ budget tentatively approved – now public comment

Lincoln County Schools Superintendent Dr. Karen Gray has announced “On May 16 the LCSD passed its 2019-20 budget. We are grateful to the members of the community serving on the Budget Committee and to the Lincoln County School Board of Directors for their careful work on the Budget Committee. Our community can be proud of the way in which this district has cautiously and wisely budgeted its funding. In 2002 the district chose a PERS bonding option and what is called a “set aside account” that has resulted in paying less for PERS increases than many other school districts in Oregon.

My experience over the last 15 years of designing and assistance in passing balanced school district budgets has been difficult at best given the poor rate of school funding Oregon has provided K-12 education.”

The District’s State School Fund revenue is projected to increase by $4,536,891 due in part to one- time increases in local revenue statewide and to the recent passage of a $9 billion State School Fund. This increase allowed the District to fund all Counselors and Bi-Lingual Tutors from the General Fund rather than relying on federal grants to fund these positions.

The District increased Licensed Full Time Enrollment and Bilingual Tutor support to several schools to meet specific needs at those schools. The increase allowed for a Vice Principal at Sam Case which is the last large elementary school to add this position.

The District is also able to fund the newly adopted reading curriculum and professional development for teachers on the new curriculum in order to improve reading scores across the District. Reading is critical to skills development in all other areas and will be a major focus for improvement during the 2019-20 school year.

In addition to these increases, the District’s spending plan is targeted to implement AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) strategies in all grades district wide, provide equity and access to opportunities for all students, increase graduation rates and college and career readiness, implement district wide multi-tiered systems of behavior support and implement a 1:1 technology initiative.

Interested members of the community can access the budget document on the District’s website at https://lincoln.k12.or.us/our-district-budget/ or by visiting the administrative offices at 1212 NE Fogarty Street between 8 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

A public budget hearing will be held at 7 pm on June 11th at Newport High School’s Boone Center. Time will be given for public comment on the approved budget, and whether some minor or even major changes should be considered, prior to the board’s formal adoption of the budget by the end of the meeting.

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