Beaverton School District Budget Process Underway
The Beaverton School District is estimating a $4-6 million shortfall in 2018-2019, the second year of the State's 2017-2019 biennium budget.
In 2017-2018, the District also reduced its budget by $5.7 million because it did not receive an adequate state budget allocation. Statewide K-12 funding continues to be unstable.
The estimated shortfall in 2018-2019 is due to roll-up costs including staff salaries and benefits and flat student enrollment due to changing demographics in the area caused by the increased cost of housing. A significant unknown is Measure 101 which is slated for the January 2018 election. If passed, the measure would uphold a bill the Oregon Legislature passed in the 2017 session to protect health care coverage for working families, including 400,000 Oregon children. The election outcome could further impact school funding statewide. The Beaverton School Board will be asking voters to consider a renewal of the current five-year local option levy in May 2018. The current local option levy provides $30 million annually and funds 300 teachers across Beaverton schools.
District staff will convene in January 2018 to begin the process to draft a proposed budget for Superintendent Don Grotting to present to the Budget Committee in April 2018.