PORTLAND, OREGON Superintendent Carole Smith went before the school board last night outlining a budget plan for the 2014-2015 school year. It includes adding 179 new staff. 150 of the staff would be new professional teachers. This move will reduce staffing ratios and teacher workloads across the district.
The plan outlined by Smith included $20.1 million in increased spending as a result of the improving economy increasing property tax revenue projections, and the approximately $8 million PPS will receive from the $100 million increase in state school funding from the 2013 special legislative session. The school year will be lengthened and class sizes reduced. A new hiring process will be put into place getting teachers up to speed sooner and faster. The school board will vote on the budget proposal March 31st.