PPS has nearly $17 million more than expected

Increase from higher tax receipts, lower costs

A teacher's desk (KOIN, file)
A teacher's desk (KOIN, file)

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%.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s