Bend-La Pine School Board Discusses $500M Budget

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.

City Council Expands Mural Allowances After Student Request

At last night’s Bend City Council meeting, the council voted to amend the Bend City Code to allow murals to be painted across the city, an idea first pitched to them by a group of local 5th graders.

The students from Elk Meadow Elementary wanted permission to paint a mural on a retention wall near their school, but the city only allowed for murals to be painted on businesses in the Makers District.

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan spoke with one city counselor about why the chose to expand the program to allow murals across the City of Bend.

Creating a Defensible Space

Fire and emergency management teams are asking that residents begin protecting their homes from potential disaster during wildfire season. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan met with members of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Oregon, the Bend Fire Department and Project Wildfire for an in-depth look at how you can create defensible spaces around your home to protect it and your family from wildfire.

Statewide Day of Action

Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan highlights the “Day of Action” in which educators, school staff, parents, and many others across the state took to the streets to bring attention to Oregon’s lack of education funding and the impact it is having on our public schools.