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Voters Approve FY23 School Budget

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Voters Approve FY23 School Budget
Posted on 06/14/2022
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Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana issued the following statement in response to the results of the June 14 referendum question validating the Portland Public Schools’ $133.1 million budget for fiscal year 2023:

“We are deeply grateful to Portland voters for approving our school budget for the 2022-2023 school year. We have worked hard over the past six months to bring forward a responsible budget that balances the needs of the district and the economic realities that we are all facing. This budget, which was endorsed by the Portland Board of Public Education and approved by the City Council, represents an increase that is considerably lower than the rate of inflation for this past year. The budget balances significant fiscal constraints with maintaining current programs and services and covers increased costs for salaries, benefits and debt service. It also will ensure that our district doesn’t slide backwards in maintaining the equity investments that we have made over the past five years to support our students experiencing opportunity gaps.

I am so proud to live in a community that consistently shows that it believes in the importance and value of public education. Thanks to the Portland community’s support for our schools, we now can keep our focus on teaching and learning in the new school year.”

According to unofficial results from the office of Portland City Clerk on Tuesday, June 14, the vote to validate the budget was 6,662 or 75.6 percent in favor and 2,154 or 24.4 percent opposed, a margin of 3 to 1.

View budget details HERE.

The Portland Public Schools is Maine’s largest school district, with approximately 6,500 students, and is also the most diverse. About one-third of the district’s students come from homes where languages other than English are spoken—a total of more than 50 languages. 51 percent of the district’s students are white and 49 percent are students of color. Approximately half of PPS students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.