I want to thank the Beaverton community, including our staff, for their careful attention to our budget process and projected shortfall for the 2019-20 school year. I am encouraged by recent news from our legislators that additional funding may be available in future school years to provide the education that we know every Beaverton student needs.
As we have gone through our budget and bargaining processes this spring, we have worked closely with our Beaverton Education Association leadership. They brought us information about obligations in the 2018-2019 contract. At their suggestion, we also have changed the May 13 Budget Committee Meeting to May 22 to provide the District more time to review and revise the Proposed Budget. As we complete our 2019-2020 budget process, we will make a few adjustments:
1. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for collaboration time expires on June 30, 2019. Pending negotiations, the District’s intent is to return to the original licensed contract language of 175 student days and 193 licensed employee days for the 2019-2020 schoolyear and eliminate early release Wednesdays. The school year would be five days shorter.
2. Teachers and administrators will receive a one-time salary adjustment equal to .5% of their annual pay as part of their June 20 paycheck for the 2018-2019 school year. This cost of living increase (COLA) was required as part of the 2016-2019 licensed and administrator contract based on trigger language agreed to in 2016. The classified contract has different provisions and classified staff are not impacted by this adjustment.
3. District staff, including newly appointed Interim CFO Jim Scherzinger, will review and revise the proposed 2019-2020 budget. Revisions to the budget will be presented and discussed at future budget meetings scheduled for May 22 and June 17. The SchoolBoard will meet on June 24 to adopt the budget.
4. District staff will release an updated school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year that includes 175 student contact days and the elimination of early release/collaboration Wednesdays.
As we revise the proposed 2019-2020 budget, I will be focused on staff and students and my highest priority will be minimizing class size increases.
Thank you for all you do for the students of the Beaverton School District.