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Dave Valenzuela - Superintendent

541-862-3111  ext.5222

Shelly Quick - Executive Assistant to the Superintendent

541-862-3111  ext.5217


SUPERINTENDENT BUDGET MESSAGE

2017-1018

The Three Rivers School District proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year reflects our determination to provide the highest quality and most well-rounded education to the students we serve, even when faced with difficult circumstances beyond our control. There is a resolute commitment to maintaining programs and opportunities for the youth of this great district from our staff, our School Board and myself.  

Revenue at the state level is predicted to increase for the upcoming biennium.  The State School Fund is also going to be higher than it has been in the past.  Three Rivers School District, however (and like many other districts across the state), is still in a position to have to make cuts from the previous budget.  The reason for these cuts is the state’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) is significantly underfunded and overburdened.  This current budgetary crisis was created many years ago, but is impacting our students, staff and families today.  Next year our PERS liability will increase by approximately 1 million dollars that is in addition to our existing PERS liability.  This increased financial responsibility has forced us to reflect cuts in the proposed budget in order to present a balanced budget.

Budget Assumptions

We are basing our 2017-2018 General Fund budget upon the Governor's proposed budget of $8.0159 Billion.  Under the State’s calculation model the Three Rivers School District budget will be $50,179,659. It is important to remember that this is a very dynamic legislative year and many changes could still take place.  These changes could impact this proposed budget in either a negative or positive way.  For example, this budget is based on the Governor’s proposed budget of $8.0159 billion.  Should the State Legislature adopt the Co-Chair’s proposed budget of $7.8 billion, we would be looking at additional cuts of approximately 1 million dollars, which is approximately the equivalent of 7 more instructional days eliminated.

Three Rivers is experiencing stable enrollment numbers for the first time in 16 years.  We have realized an increase of 17 students from last year!  The average daily membership weighted [ADMw] student population is 5,761 and the state revenue per student is $8,038; the district estimates receiving $46.3 million in total formula revenue, which includes property taxes, transportation reimbursement and charter school funding.  Our proposed budget for 2017-2018 is $50,179,659 compared to $46,892,541 from the adopted 2016-2017 budget.  

Impact on Educational Programs

The increased PERS liability will require the district to eliminate 5 instructional [Student Contact Days] from the 2017-2018 school year calendar.  Each day cut saves $150,000 to the general fund.  In addition to days, we are reducing FTE in support programs:  1.0 FTE from our English Language Learner program and 1.0 FTE District Wide Librarian.  Both of these positions were added back to the district in recent years, where we realized increased state school funds but did not have the increased PERS liability to contend with.  Each school is also being asked to reduce their discretionary budgets by 10%.  This will directly impact a school’s ability to add or enhance educational programs at a local level.  In addition, support service departments have been asked to reduce discretionary budgets by 5%.  This will limit the overall amount of service available to support schools directly. State-level funding is subject to change right up until the end of the legislative session.  In the event that funding from the state comes in at a higher level, my recommendation will be to add back instructional days first and positions second.  

Three Rivers School District will be entering year two of a Collaboration Grant through Chalkboard and the Oregon Department of Education.  The grant supports a wide range of professional development initiatives as well as cultivating teacher leadership across the district.  This grant provides critical opportunities for professional growth for our staff, leading to educational opportunities for students in a time of financial instability.

The Three Rivers School District staff, school board, and budget committee members are wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible opportunities for the students of TRSD for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.  This is not the first time we have faced cuts in our district, nor is it the worst of times as it pertains to cutting from the budget, and while this is certainly not the budget I would want to present, I am encouraged by the willingness of all employees in all bargaining units to come together in this difficult time.  I have been with this district since 1997, and I can say without hesitation that the amazing people of TRSD will see our students and families through these difficult financial times.  Not only will we survive this PERS crisis, we will ensure our students the opportunity to thrive.  It’s a TRSD thing, and it is truly the TRSD way.

 

Respectfully,

Dave Valenzuela, Superintendent

Three Rivers School District