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July 17, 2012
PERRYDALE -- Perrydale School District will not experience cuts in its 2012-13 budget.
The district's approximately $4.46 million 2012-13 budget is up a little more than $112,000 from last year. The $3.4 million general fund is up about $139,000.
"We are flat-funded and have no furlough days," said Perrydale Superintendent Robin Stoutt. "Really, we made all of our cuts last year ... basically, it's the same funding as last year."
Cuts in 2011-12 included reducing hours for the librarian position and cuts to textbook and technology budgets.
Stoutt is optimistic about the upcoming school year.
"I'm feeling pretty good about our stats," Stoutt said. "We are at 100 percent graduation rate, we had no dropouts, no furlough days. Not everybody can say that. But we get a lot of help from our neighbors (nearby school districts)."
However, she said she is concerned about next year when anticipated increases in the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) will take a bite out of budgets across the state.
It's still unclear just how much more Perrydale will have to contribute, but the district is preparing now.
"We are worried about it, too," Stoutt said. "We'll be very cautious in our spending this year ... until we hear more about that."