School board wrestles with potential cuts

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Funding levels and infrastructure were the concerns of Tuesday’s budget committee meeting of the Salem-Keizer School District.

Mike Wolfe, chief operating officer, handed out a chart showing how four potential 2013-15 state school funding levels would affect the district. He then went through three district infrastructure reports: on the transportation fleet, on the facilities and on the operational equipment.

The lowest funding level, labeled “crisis budget,” reflected Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposal and would amount to $6.15 billion. Shortfall estimates resulting from this amount are $42 million for 2013-14 and $51 million for 2014-15.


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