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School Finance Committee’s Budget Goes to School Board

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School Finance Committee’s Budget Goes to School Board
Posted on 03/22/2016
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On March 17, the Portland Board of Public Education’s Finance Committee held a public hearing and vote to recommend its $103.6 million FY 2017 budget to the Portland Board of Public Education (school board). The board will hold a first reading and public hearing on the proposed budget on Tuesday, March 22.

The board’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in Room 250 of Casco Bay High School, located at 196 Allen Avenue. Following the meeting, the board will hold a workshop session on the budget.

The Finance Committee’s budget proposal includes an additional $1.34 million in state aid. That increase, still about $1.4 million less than Portland received for the current school year, was announced by the state after Portland Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker presented her budget proposal to the school board on March 8. The Finance Committee's budget would increase expenditures by $826,227 or .8 percent and would require a 2 percent tax rate increase.

By contrast, the superintendent’s budget included a then-projected state aid loss of $2.7 million, so would have required a 4.5 percent tax rate increase to make up for the shortfall.

In a memo to the school board, Finance Committee Chair Anna Trevorrow said the committee’s budget proposal “reflects our Comprehensive Plan Framework and allows preservation of our educational quality and continued student growth, including adding one more Pre-k program next year. We also believe it to be a fiscally responsible budget, especially considering the loss of revenue, which recognizes the challenges of our residents and taxpayers.”

Crocker said the Finance Committee’s proposal maintains the Portland Public Schools on a positive trajectory, putting student learning first, investing in staff and respecting the support of city residents. To learn more details about the budget, go to the “Budget” quick link on the Portland Public Schools’ website, www.portlandschools.org, or click here.

To read the superintendent’s message on the budget, click here.