The school district’s budget is based on the governor’s recommended K-12 budget of $9.0 billion for the 2019-21 biennium
The Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) Budget Committee tonight moved to recommend a budget totaling $1,200,712,966. The budget includes more than $2 million in additions for staffing in behavior, counseling and social work. The budget also moves native language specialists and translators to 12-month employees to support programmatic work over the summer.
The budget was developed with four guiding priorities:
- Maintain current service level, including our previous investments in behavioral learning
- Invest in full-time equivalent (FTE) for enrollment growth, specifically addressing caseloads for special education
- Convert limited-term positions of special education instructional assistants to permanent staff
- Provide additional resources for transportation to adequately support boundary adjustments
The SKPS budget is based on the governor’s recommended budget of $9.0 billion for K-12 education in the 2019-21 biennium. The budget does not include the projected $35 million allocated to SKPS through the Student Success Act, as those dollars are not expected to be allocated until 2020-21.
“We’ve seen and we’ve heard the need for improved mental health and behavioral resources in our schools, and this budget reflects that,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “By growing our behavior cadre and building counseling supports in our schools, our students and staff will be able to focus more on learning and turning the dial on educational outcomes.”
The budget also includes $435 million for projects associated with the 2018 voter-approved bond measure. Currently, construction is underway at Gubser Elementary, North High and McNary High, and construction will begin this summer at Judson Middle and Waldo Middle.
Next step for the approved budget: the SKPS Board of Directors will vote on budget adoption on June 11 at 6 p.m.
To view the full budget, click here.