DALLAS -- The Dallas School District received some good news from the Oregon Department of Education -- more than $250,000 in good news.
Dallas was sent what is called a "look back" payment, or an adjustment in the district's state school fund allotment based on actual student attendance. The state had underestimated Dallas' enrollment -- which determines funding -- and as a result, owed the district money.
"We are getting it back now," said Dallas Business Manager Tami Montague, who was pleased to share the news with the Dallas School District Budget Committee Monday night.
Corrected calculations from the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years had the state paying Dallas $426,889.
However, the district also lost money on a grant reimbursing the district for a portion of the cost of serving special needs students. The rate of reimbursement is based on the number of districts that apply for the state grant. As costs climb, more districts apply, meaning the amount of money going to each falls, Montague said.
Dallas lost about $167,309 on the grant, but that still left the district more than $250,000 to the positive, allowing it to end the school year with more money than expected.
It was on the heels of learning of the unexpected revenue that the budget committee voted to approve the district's 2013-14 budget, adjusted for the addition.
The budget still is based on $6.55 billion in state funding for schools in the 2013-15 biennium, despite the legislature needing to find an additional $200 million to balance the budget.
Montague said legislators are confident further Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) reforms, a positive revenue forecast, or tax increases will fill that gap.
The committee approved a $35.137 million total budget, with a $27.105 million general fund.
In other business, the Dallas School District Board:
* Approved a resolution declaring the Pedee and Bridgeport elementary school buildings surplus property. The resolution is the first step in negotiating a sale of the buildings to Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools, which holds classes on the properties.