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Budget Listening & Learning Session
Hold 'Em Exercise
Tuesday, Nov. 13 2018
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Highland Park Middle School
7000 SW Wilson Ave.
Beaverton, OR 97008

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During the Hold ‘Em Exercise, audience members will participate in a simulation where they have to evaluate and balance the District’s budget.

Budget Scenario 2019-20

Statewide - Although Oregon is experiencing a strong economy and stable job market, the state budget is facing tremendous pressure from the PERS obligation. Currently, there is no revenue reform to help cover these rising costs and the projected kicker would reduce the ending fund balance of the current biennium.

Timeline: The Governor’s budget will be released by December 1st. The Co-Chairs Budget is usually released by late February and Legislature meets February through June. Final State budget is due by June 30th. Beaverton will start the staffing process in late February. Adopt budget by June 30.

There are also many unknown factors that will impact the budget for 2019-20:

  • State Funding Level

  • Increases to utilities

  • Construction market conditions driving up maintenance and repair costs

  • Costs for contractual obligations for staff

  • Health insurance increases

Costs that we can estimate currently include:

  • PERS increase

  • Length of school year

  • Current service level including step costs

Local Background

  • Enrollment: Beaverton School District has had relatively flat enrollment for the past few years. However, our enrollment is steadily growing on the borders of our district and declining in the center of the district. Our student demographics are also changing. Our students in poverty are decreasing as housing costs increase. We are also seeing a decrease in our English Language Learners. These changes have a negative impact on our State School Fund (SSF) allocation.

  • Student Achievement: In 2018, greater percentages of Beaverton students meet or exceed state standards on the Smarter Balanced and Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) than their peers statewide in all subjects tested at all grades. We are also seeing improvement in our subgroup data. BSD graduation rates continue to be higher than the state average and the gap between BSD and the state is increasing.

  • Current Service Level: Beaverton has added nine instructional days to the school calendar during the last three years. Five of these days were additional days to the licensed contract. This is in alignment with School Board and Governor’s priorities. Our salaries and benefits have kept pace with the economic demand of the area.

  • Instructional Investments:

    • Student Success Coaches at all elementary schools to address increased social and emotional needs of our students.

    • CTE and High School Success - in response to Measure 98, Beaverton has increased Career and Technical Education opportunities at our high schools. We have also invested in graduation mentors to increase graduation rates and attendance.

    • Early Learning - Beaverton has invested in ten pre-kindergarten classes at five elementary schools.

    • AVID - (Advancement Via Individual Determination) All secondary schools have AVID tutorial classes and schoolwide AVID strategies have been implemented.

    • Future Ready - Full secondary 1:1 device implementation and increased elementary technology strategies and devices. The Future Ready initiative necessitated technology infrastructure upgrades and modernization funded primarily through the bond.

    • Social Workers and Counselors have been increased to support increased student needs.

    • Professional Development - New curriculum adoptions have been supported with professional development for all teachers. Early release implementation has increased collaboration and professional development across the district.

  • Operation & Support Services Investments:

    • Custodial staffing has increased commensurate with the addition of square footage in new facilities, maintaining staffing at the minimal 2012-13 funding level per square foot.

    • Increased maintenance staffing resulted in an immediate improvement in client satisfaction. These increases have slowed but not reversed the growth rate of deferred maintenance.

    • Operational costs have increased in response to additional buildings and square footage, upgrades to heating and cooling units, increased instructional days, unfunded mandates, community use of schools, and security and seismic updates. Operational budget increases have not accompanied these additions.

We will continue to communicate with the community throughout the budget and 2019 legislative process.