The Brookings-Harbor School District budget committee is backing a $30.5 million budget proposed for the 2018-2019 school year, according to a press release from the district.

The budget proposal was submitted by Superintendent Sean Gallagher and District Business Manager Kathy McKee.

The budget committee, appointed community members and school board members, met to review the proposed 2018-19 budget document on April 24. The committee unanimously supported the proposed budget.

Next year is the second year of the state’s two-year biennium budget cycle. The legislature approved a K-12 budget of $8.2 billion for the state. The school district will be receiving the same amount of funding from the state as the previous year, or first half of the biennium, approximately $17.7 million. Other funding sources allow for the district to maintain a balanced budget.

The amount of state funding received last year allowed BHSD to build back most positions that had been slated to be cut-back when the state was considering funding K-12 schools at $7.8 billion, the press release said. The district did combine the District Athletic Director and Azalea Middle School Assistant Principal positions to maintain a balanced budget.

Measure 98, approved by the voters in 2016, allowed the district to access additional funds targeted toward further strengthening graduation rates, lowering dropout rates, and expanding career technical education programs such as welding.

The district has been the recipient of several new grants, including approximately $3 million to retrofit Azalea Middle School and Brookings-Harbor High School for seismic safety during the summers of 2018 and 2019, respectively.

According to the press release, the cash carryover amount in the proposed budget is 9.6 percent, equal to $1.7 million, and is a vital reserve with enough to cover the monthly payroll of $1.3 million or an emergency to prevent the likelihood of the district needing to borrow funds and pay interest on those funds.

Additional public input on the budget can be given at a school board meeting 5 p.m. June 6 in the library at Kalmiopsis Elementary School, 650 Easy St.

The full proposed budget document can be seen at the Brookings-Harbor School District office during business hours to pick up a copy, 564 Fern Ave., Brookings.

For information, call 541-469-7443 or email kathym@brookings.k12.or.us.

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