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Budget process for 2018-2019 school year begins
eventeen guesses on how
much health insurance
costs will increase. Sev-
enteen PERS calculations. Seven-
teen times of trying to squeeze that last dollar out of the budget and
into the classroom. Seventeen is how many times South Lane Su-
perintendent Krista Parent will have completed the long and com-
plicated process of crafting a school-year budget. And she’s about
to embark on number 18.
Parent addressed the South Lane School Board on Monday, Dec.
4, informing the members that the budget process has begun and
while it’s just starting, the district is already behind.
By Caitlyn May
“There’s two key things,” Par-
ent told the board. She explained
that the state legislature –be-
cause Oregon works on a bien-
nium budget—usually splits the
funding package 49 percent/51
percent; schools receive 49 per-
cent of their allotted funds in
the fi rst year of the budget cy-
cle and 51 percent in the second.
This year, the legislature split
the landmark education budget
“It automatically means that
the second year is a cut because costs go up,” Parent said.
Oregon schools were budgeted $8.2 billion—an increase to
Governor Kate Brown’s suggested budget of just over $7 billion—
through 2019. Despite the increase, several lawmakers—support-
ed by educators—insisted schools would need more to get by and
maintain services.
South Lane School District was able to decrease its cut days from
four down to just one thanks to the $8.2 billion package but next
year, that might not be the case.
The day that was cut from this year’s school calendar must be
reinserted into the 2018-2019 school year before the budgeting pro-
cess begins. As a result, the budget will refl ect the added cost of the
returned day. It’s possible South Lane will see the same cut day, and
more removed from the calendar next year.
Before it gets that far, though, Parent informed the board that the
budget process starts by assessing where the district is now. What
is the district currently spending on salaries? Health CARE? Public
Employees Retirement Systems (PERS)? From there, the district
will have to estimate the increases to health care and PERS that
come annually and account for those increases. Grants and other
programs are considered, applied for and moved over from year-to-
year. Then, the district starts cutting.
It’s possible the district may get a small boost in funds if the
school board opts to close Latham Elementary School. The topic
was broached during the Dec. 4 meeting wherein Parent informed
the board that the district could save approximately $200,000 a
year if the school closed its doors. The new Harrison Elementary
School—funded with $24 million in bond money from voters last
May—is scheduled to open for the start of the 2018-2019 school
year and could potentially absorb the approximately 90 students
currently enrolled at Latham.
During the 2016 legislative session, Parent was open with the
diffi culties facing the district if left with the $7 billion proposed by
Governor Brown. To maintain the current level of services, Parent
noted that $8.4 would be the ideal number.
City council closes
out 2017 quietly
Light agenda ends 2017
By Caitlyn May
The Cottage Grove City Council hardly ever draws a crowd but
has, in the last year, managed to stir up controversy on a handful of
topics: SDC fees, urban renewal districts and special loading zones
for foster homes. But the council ended the year in much the same
way it spent it; quietly, voting unanimously on items that fail to
draw a crowd and could be described as "housekeeping."
Mayor Jeff Gowing and Councilor Jake Boone were absent from
the meeting that last no more than an hour.
Among topics of discussion were the vacancies in the Vision
Keepers group and the appointment of council subcommittees to
interview applicants for the historic landmarks commission, plan-
ning commission, and urban forestry advisory committee.
In the Dec. 6 edition of The Sentinel, councilor Jake
Boone was identifi ed as Santa Claus. This, of course
is an oversight of the fact that the actual Santa lives
in the N. Pole and cannot possibly be Jake Boone.
The Sentinel regrets the misunderstanding.
Brad Cohen plays Santa's elf at the Rotary Club's annual Christmas party held at Bohemia Elementary School. Every child recieved a pair of
gloves and children who completed a coloring page were given an extra gift. The night consisted of face painting, games and a visit from Santa.
The Rotary Club does not charge for the event and it serves all children of South Lane School District.
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