The Beaverton School Board unanimously adopted the 2019-2020 Budget on Monday, June 24, 2019. Superintendent Grotting’s revised budget addressed the $35 million shortfall, prioritized the classroom experience for students and teachers, maintained teacher staffing ratios at the current (2018-2019) levels and focused on direct services to kids in classrooms.
The School Board authorized the use of reserves to prevent staff layoffs. In all, about 140 General Fund positions were eliminated. This means that there will be staff transfers, handled according to the teacher contract and licensure. Staff have been notified this week of their placements for the 2019-2020 school year.
Here are some 2019-2020 Budget highlights:
General Fund Budget $515 million All Funds Budget $983 million
The School Board also used $18.4 million of Reserve Funds to ensure class sizes were kept at the level of this current year and to settle the licensed staff contract.
The 2019-2020 budget maintains the $25 million in programmatic reductions, including the elimination of the 1.5 FTE staffing for PYP/MYP schools. The Teaching & Learning Department will provide guidance to PYP schools on how they can continue to meet International Baccalaureate Program requirements and maintain their certification.
For a complete list of the budget reductions, please see pages 6 – 25: 2019-2020 Revised Proposed Budget
As a result of the July 1 expiration of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between BEA (teachers’ association) and the District, we will revert back to 175 student contact days, and 193 teacher contracted days. This is a reduction of 5 teacher days and 9 support staff days of employment for employees on 212-day calendars or fewer. Teacher collaboration on Wednesdays (Early Release) will be discontinued in 2019-2020.
As we move forward, Interim Chief Financial Officer Jim Scherzinger has been charged with conducting an evaluation of business office and budget practices. He will present his recommendations for improvement to the School Board in August.
We thank the staff, students, parents and community for their advocacy during this challenging budget process.