DALLAS — The Dallas School Board adopted its 2015-16 budget with the addition of more staff, thanks to a better-than-expected May state revenue forecast.
The Oregon Legislature promised to dedicate a percentage of unexpected revenue in the forecast to schools when it approved the 2015-17 K-12 budget, which it split 50-50 over the two years. In the past, funding was split 49-51 to account for cost increases. Dallas set aside $565,000 to compensate for the even split.
The unanticipated funding eliminates the need for the district to hold over money for the second year.
District staff presented three plans for spending the excess. The third option included several assistant coaching positions at Dallas High School.
The board chose that option, which also added: a fourth-grade teacher; DHS career and technical education teacher; DHS athletics trainer; part-time DHS counselor; part-time district-wide instructional coach; district-wide curriculum administrator; and a DHS and LaCreole Middle School custodian.
“It seems like our ending fund balance is much better than it’s been,” said Board Member Matt Posey, referring to the amount of money estimated to be left at the end of 2015-16. “... We still have more money than we’ve had in the last four or five years.”