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Board Gives Stamp Of Approval To 2011-12 Dallas School

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District passed its 2011-12 budget on Monday, June 20.

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District passed its 2011-12 budget on Monday, June 20.

The board adopted the $24.78 million general fund and $33.79 total budget for 2011-12 recommended by the Dallas School District Budget Committee on May 23.

Business Manager Tami Montague presented the board with good news regarding the district's budget Monday, saying the district could end the 2010-11 school year with about $100,000 more money than anticipated.

"We were pleasantly surprised," Montague said. "We were anticipating $1.3 million going into next year."

Now, Montague projects that figure will be about $1.4 million, barring any major changes. She didn't recommend changing the 2011-12 budget to account for the extra money, however, saying doing so would delay the budget adoption. She added it could be included in a supplemental budget approved later if needed.

In other business:

* Superintendent Christy Perry has been asked to speak today (Wednesday, June 22) at Gov. John Kitzhaber's signing of the "cool schools" bill. Oregon House Bill 2960 creates a "Clean Energy Deployment Fund" to disperse low-interest loans or grants for energy or seismic upgrades in K-12 schools. The House passed the bill on June 13 and the Senate followed, approving the bill on June 20.

The district has completed a number of energy-efficiency upgrades in the last five years at all of its schools and its district office, using money from a combination of state incentive programs, federal stimulus funding, and a voter-approved maintenance bond.

The district has been able to reduce its energy budget as a result of the improvements, saving $93,000 on natural gas costs while seeing its electricity costs increase only $7,000 in spite of rising power prices.

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