Tonight the Bend-La Pine School Board met to discuss a potential $505 million budget
If passed, the budget would add 14 new staff positions within the district, half of which would be teachers in an effort to reduce class sizes and would include approving budgets for the new high school. $14 million from the budget will go towards the public employees retirement system, or PERS. The PERS budget is up nearly $5 million from last year due to ricing PERS rates across the state.
Regardless of whether or not the school board approves the budget at tonight’s meeting, the district doesn’t have a budget from the Oregon State Legislature, which could make things tricky for next year’s school board members if the state’s budget is lower than expected.