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Page 12 VctJ (".C'/HMIINITV h: , ra - May 2, 2012 Funding From page 1 during the first meeting of the district Budget Committee. In 2007, Oregon legislators and the governor funded schools at nearly $6.3 billion statewide, which meant significant increases from the previous biennium, Schrader said. "These were giant steps toward adequate school funding and to follow the recommendations promoted in the Quality Education Model." The following year, the economy suffered a major downturn and school funding fell well below adequate levels, Schrader said. "For the last five years, school districts have grappled with higher costs and lower school funding. Last year, newly elected Gov. Kitzhaber stated, 'Schools will need to tighten their belts and do more with less.'" In 2011, schools were funded at their lowest level in 10 years at $5.7 billion statewide, creating a significant reduction for public school fimding, Schrader said. "This poor ftmding scenario caused the cuts to run deep in Sweet Home. Over the last two years, the budget has been reduced by nearly $2 million. "Class sizes have increased, jobs have been cut, hours have been reduced, a school was closed, furlough days were'added, no increases in compensation for employee groups; and next year, the district will move to the four- day school week, which creates even further reductions." But there is good news, he said. "The forecast for Oregon public education seems tO be getting brighter. Word out of Salem is that schools could be fimded much higher in the 2013- 15 biennium. "This is encouraging, and we are very hopeful that school funding gets better." But the district must remain conservative in the 2012-13 school year, he said. The budget was built based on several assumptions, such as the state's revenue forecast. It also anticipates enrollment growth of 15 students, while anticipating an increase of 30 in enrollment at the Charter School. No district staff members received a cost-of-living increase during the 2012-13 school year, although teachers receive a step increase on July 1. It is the third year with no cost-of- living increase for teachers and administrators, and the second year for classified staff. The budget includes one furlough day next school year, while this year had four. Full-time equivalent staffing levels decrease by nearly 30, from 272.7 in 2011-12 to 243 in the 2012-13 school year. The general fund is budgeted with ending fund balance of $512,000, 3 percent, on June 30, 2013. The General Fund is proposed at $17.8 million, down ]'he New Era reminds you tc SHOP LOCAL Save Time Save Gas Save Money See Funding, page 13 Shop-Sweet Home First- Visit These Fine Local Businesses HAVE YOU MADE YOUR WILL? 1275 Main St., Sweet Home TERRY BENTLEY AUTO REPAIR FREE ESTIMATES .Tune-Ups Brakes & Suspension Heating & AC Repair Diagr]ostic Repair Preventative Maintenance B&L Appliance Repair locally owned business. 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