|Superintendent's Update - December 3, 2010|
Dr. Michael E. Zalar
December 3, 2010
Budget belt-tightening continues...
On Monday, November 29th the Oregon City Schools Board of Education approved a resolution to reduce the operating budget approximately $2.8 million in order to stave off a projected spending deficit of nearly $3 million for FY2012. The Board voted unanimously to close Wynn Elementary School effective for the 2011-2012 school year. Also included in this resolution was the elimination of high school busing effective January 1, 2011. These decisions are the direct result of the recent failure of a 5.9 mill emergency operating levy.
Click here for a complete list of reductions. Federal stimulus monies in the form of EduJobs Funding will be used to continue all day every day kindergarten and keep elementary music and physical education programs at their current level.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be Thursday, December 9th at 6:00 pm in the Clay High School Library/Media Center. In addition, Parent Information Meetings are scheduled for the following dates regarding specific issues related to the reductions:
Wynn Elementary (School Closing)
Clay High School (Elimination of High School Busing)
The impact of these reductions will affect everyone in the community and community members are welcome to attend any and all of these meetings. The intent of these reductions is to make the school district more efficient and cost effective while not directly impacting classroom programming.
Additional information will be sent out and posted on the district’s website regarding these changes. While we understand that change is difficult for everyone, our staff and school district is committed to making this a smooth transition. By working together, we can accomplish this goal.
Michael E. Zalar, Ph.D.