PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Portland Public Schools has nearly $17 million more in their budget for the 2014-15 school year than expected.
The school board said their beginning fund balance is $16.8 million more than the adopted budget based on higher than expected property tax receipts and lower than expected expenditures.
The lower costs are primarily in health care and benefits, district officials said.
School board leaders are trying to determine what to do with the extra money. Suggestions include:
— $5.9 million going to reserve funds to sustain investments
— about $2 million to add more school staff
— $3.8 million for more resources on the district’s main 3 goals
Those goals include students reading at an appropriate grade level by the end of 3rd grade, improving graduation rates and dealing with student discipline.
District officials want to lower the disproportionality in out-of-school discipline between white students and students of color, and reducing out-of-school discipline for all students by 50%.