Latest proposed PPS budget reduces, re-prioritizes

PPS Board will consider it for approval on May 23

Students participate in a classroom activity.(AP Photo/Nick Geranios)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The latest proposed budget for Portland Public Schools 2017-18 school year is an overall reduction but re-prioritizes spending.

Interim PPS Superintendent Bob McKean presented the budget proposal to the school board Tuesday night. The proposed budget of $616.3 million aligns PPS with other large school districts in the state, officials said.

PPS Budget Proposal 2017-18

While there are reductions in the allocation of school staffing, contracts, utilities and consumables, there is a re-investment and reallocation for curriculum, literacy, school staffing and other big ticket items.

“This is a budget of difficult choices,” McKean said in a press release. “Although the cuts will affect each school differently, they will be noticeable. This proposed budget is the first step in a long process, and we will be seeking your input and engagement.”

Listening sessions for the budget proposal will be held on the following dates:

  • April 11 at 6 p.m. – Madison High School
  • April 24 at 5 p.m. – Blanchard Education Service Center
  • May 9 at 5 p.m. – Blanchard Education Service Center

This is the first official budget proposal for 2017-18. The board will consider it for approval on May 23 before a hearing. The proposal could be adopted on June 13.

To view a Powerpoint presentation of the proposed budget, click here.