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School Board adopts 2019-20 budget

June 7, 2019

Gresham-Barlow School Board adopts 2019-20 budget

The Gresham-Barlow School Board adopted the proposed budget for the 2019-20 school year at its June 6 meeting. The $143.7 million general fund budget is based on an $8.97 billion statewide funding level for the 2019-21 biennium. The budget maintains the District’s current educational program but does not allow the District to move forward with full implementation of a number of strategic investments.

“The budget for 2019-20 does allow the district to make some strategic investments to improve our educational program,” said Superintendent Dr. Katrise Perera. “If funding from the state’s recently passed Student Success Act becomes a reality, we will be able to invest even more in our schools and address more of our students’ needs.”

The Oregon Legislature passed the Student Success Act in the spring, which could provide as much as an additional $20 million for the Gresham-Barlow School District for the 2019-21 biennium. The act is funded by an increase in business taxes and that tax increase may be referred to the ballot. If the District does receive the funds, the monies will go toward four areas, as outlined by the Act:

  • Providing students with a well-rounded education
  • Lowering class sizes
  • Increasing student health and safety
  • Increasing learning time

In the meantime, the district’s approved budget for next school year features investments in the following areas (not in ranking order):

  • Investment 1: Continuum of Evidence-Based Supports
    • 3-5 science textbook and digital adoption
    • K-5 health curriculum adoption
    • Professional learning for updated curriculum adoptions
  • Investment 2: Data-Based Problem Solving
    • Early-warning database and platform system
    • Social-emotional survey system
    • Professional learning for data-driven instructional practices
  • Investment 3: Teaching and Learning Environments
    • Launch of a dual language kindergarten classroom
    • Continued Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) programming in elementary, middle, and high schools
    • Blended learning platform
  • Investment 4: Family, School, and Community Partners
    • Development of six career pathways with local community partners
    • Additional funding for student mental-health community partnerships

To review the adopted budget, please call the Gresham-Barlow School District Business Office at 503-261-4550.