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Portland Voters Approve School Budget

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Portland Voters Approve School Budget
Posted on 05/10/2016
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Portland residents on Tuesday, May 10, voted to approve the Portland Public Schools’ $103.6 million budget for fiscal year 2017. Portland Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker issued the following statement in response:

“Thank you, Portland voters, for supporting the Portland Public Schools by approving our proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year. This budget puts students first, values our employees and respects taxpayers. The district is proud to have met those goals, despite the fact the budget contains $1.4 million less in state education aid than this year’s budget. We kept the expenditure increase in this budget to less than 1 percent and the tax rate increase to 2 percent. We did that by realigning and repurposing some resources to realize efficiencies and savings. We made cuts, but strategic ones that minimize the impact on teaching and learning. At the same time, this budget continues our plan to expand our pre-kindergarten program to promote student achievement, retains our close-to-ideal class sizes and contains increased funding for personnel costs. This budget is both fiscally responsible and true to the priorities of our community, and we’re grateful to Portland residents for recognizing that and supporting the budget.”

Mayor Ethan Strimling also issued a statement. “I'm very pleased the people of Portland have passed the school budget,” he said. “The priorities this budget funds will meet the needs of our school children this year and expands pre-K for 16 more preschoolers. I hope next year we will be able to add even more pre-K classrooms, so we can get closer to universal pre-kindergarten for Portland families.”

According to unofficial results from the office of the City Clerk, the vote to approve the budget was 921 in favor and 558 against. A second ballot question also passed. The question asked voters if they wanted to continue voting on the school budget for the next three years. 802 voters said they wanted to continue and 676 voters said they did not.