First revenue increase in six years for SKSD

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

The Salem-Keizer School District has its first proposed budget in six years that projects a revenue gain, Interim Superintendent Paula Radich noted Tuesday night.

In the annual budget message to the School Board, Radich showed charts indicating that the 2014-15 budget amounts to $616,356,557.

Eight times in the last 12 years, Radich said, the Salem-Keized district budgets were shortfalls.

The revenue breakdown consists of $144,515,269 from local sources, $14,145,000 from intermediate sources, $290,559,632 from the state, $43,456,622 from the federal government and $123,680,034 from other sources.

Expenses are $279,177,289 for instruction, $187,051,880 for support services, $19,022,789 for enterprise and community services, $33,578,759 ror facilities acquisition and construction, $51,033, 874 for other uses, a $13,258,979 contingency fund and a $33,232,987 unappropriated ending fund balance.

The general fund is $395,416,237. The special revenue fund is $79,084,032, the fee-based programs fund $15,791,92, the food services fund $17,728,904, the asset replacement fund $7,582,230, the energy-efficient fund $1,909.147, the grants fund $36,072,459, the debt service fund $66,277,894, the Public Employees Retirement Service pension bond debt service fund $32,501,790, the general obligation bond debt service fund $33,776,104, the capital project fund $45,741,126, the bond capital projects fund $44,541,126, the special project capital projects fund $1.2 million, the enterprise fund $644,294, the internal service fund $29,162,874, the charter schools service fund $4,228,914, the services fund $6,468,331, the risk management fund $18,465,629 and the trust fund $30,100.

Radich said the budget proposal was based on the district’s strategic plan, which has the goal of preparing students for successful lives.

Under the proposed budget, she said, classes from kindergarten through third grade would be reduced by two students each, high school teachers would be hired to address proficiency requirements for graduation, more counselors would be hired, more instructional materials would be purchased and issues of special education class sizes would be addressed.

She added that the budget would add effective learning teachers for job-embedded professional development, address enrollment growth in AVID programs, address transportation needs, add funds for temporary human resource staffers, provide funds for a career technical education center, continue targeted services for teenage parents and continue to fund a few additional administrators.

The district budget committee will have a question-and-answer session on the budget proposal at 6 p.m. May 6. There will be public hearings on the matter at 6 p.m. May 19 through 22, and the School Board will take public testimony in a public hearing at its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. June 10. The board, which is required to approve a budget by June 30, is expected to approve one June 10.

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