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School Budget Referendum June 11

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School Budget Referendum June 11
Posted on 05/23/2019
This is the image for the news article titled School Budget Referendum June 11A revised FY20 school budget of $117.4 million will go to Portland voters in a budget validation referendum on Tuesday, June 11. Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana is urging city residents to support the school budget at the polls.

At its May 21 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted to reduce its original recommended $117.8 million school budget by $450,000, as directed by the City Council. At its May 20 meeting, the Council made cuts to the school budget and municipal services in an effort to reduce the overall impact on the tax rate.

Botana said the school budget retains its key goals of preserving current staffing and programming, expanding the district’s pre-kindergarten program, strengthening core instruction and implementing a behavioral health continuum. He urged Portland residents to make their voices heard and vote to support the budget in June.

“I am very grateful to the City Council and School Board for their support of the budget,” Botana said. “We worked very closely to make sure that the elected officials understood the value of retaining our core programming and implementing key improvements such as expanded pre-kindergarten classes and a well resourced behavioral health continuum. These investments in the future of our City are proof that this is a community that believes in the importance and value of public education and is willing to support those values with action.”

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