Budget Development Update & Key Dates

posted Apr 17, 2015, 4:01 PM by Tianna Hubbenette
We are pulling together our 2015-16 budget using information we have received from the Legislative Fiscal Office, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), and organizations supporting Oregon public K-12 education.  Preparing a budget in a Legislative year brings additional challenges as we are building a budget without knowing the level of State School Support Funds (SSF) that will be defined for the biennium.

This Legislative session, however, has been a particular challenge.  We approached the session with reasonable expectations that we might see significant increases in SSF, based partially on a recovering economy.  Historically, the Legislature has waited until the May Revenue Forecast before determining the SSF  in order to try and provide as much funding as possible.  This year, the Legislature took a different approach.  Their original plan was to set the SSF at $7.235 billion and the message districts were receiving was, “That’s adequate and that’s all K-12 is going to get.”

However, $7.235 billion is not enough.  Thanks to your help, and the help of others, legislators are seeing the need for additional SSF investments.  The Legislature set the SSF amount in early April at $7.255 billion.  Your advocacy efforts have helped change the conversation in the Capitol from, “$7.235 billion is adequate and that’s all K-12 is going to get,” to, “$7.255 billion is not enough and we vow to do better for schools and students.”  So, Sherwood families and friends, thank you for your diligence!  We are making progress, but we still have a long way to go before our students’ education is a statewide priority.

We also wish to thank our Board of Directors.  They take the education of your children and the stewardship of District resources seriously.  With a slight increase in SSF and recalculations by ODE, increasing our per-student allocation, the Board members are deliberating budget parameters that will allow us to make investments for teachers and curriculum.  This means minor investments (additions) to next year’s proposed budget.

Budget Development Key Dates
As we head into the final months of the budget development process for the District, I want to share with you some of the important dates to know.
(These dates have changed from those previously published on the District web site.)

May 5, 6:00-8:00pm - Budget Committee Meeting (public welcome)
May 7, 6:00-8:00pm - if needed, Budget Committee Meeting 2 
May 11, 6:00-8:00pm - if needed, Budget Committee Meeting 3

June 3, 7:00pm - Budget Public Hearing and Adoption at the monthly Board of Directors Meeting