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REEDSPORT — The proposed 2018-2019 Reedsport School District budget calls for going from two full-time nurses to one nurse to save money.

Superintendent Dan Forbess touches on this and a number of other points in his 2018-2019 budget message. In all, the proposed budget totals $9,106,104, "which is an increase of $314,975 above last year's budget." 

Much of that hike comes from a 2 percent cost of living adjustment, also known as a COLA, adjustment for all employees. This includes: increasing the superintendent job from half time to full time; adding a half-time special education teacher and more money for building utility expenses.

To make funds balance, district personnel decided to go from two full-time nurses to one full-time nurse, which will save $75,000. 

"In addition, we have reduced our high school alternative education program expense, $74,000, in staffing and tuition payments to curriculum providers, as a means to control significant cost overruns related to alternative education options at RCCS," Forbess wrote, referring to the charter school. 

Enrollment

School districts receive a certain amount of money per student, which also figures into budgeting. In state parlance, this is known as Average Daily Membership. 

Forbess said although more students have been enrolled in the last few years, there's been a "slight downtown" in the current academic year enrollment. 

"The 2018-19 proposed budget revenue reflects a slight enrollment decline," he wrote, adding that typically Reedsport would receive a 2 percent increase in state school fund dollars. 

That didn't happen, he said, explaining that school funds across the state were left the same the second year of the 2017-2019 budget biennium. Revenue from the state will then be reduced to Reedsport. 

The superintendent kept optimistic in his report, saying "enrollment is stable" and the amount of money for significant student programs and support services "can be maintained in the foreseeable future."

The Umpqua Post Editor Shelby Case can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 296 or shelby.case@theworldlink.com.

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