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Wednesday, May 11, 1994, The Sun 5 ..... ~ii!~!il i % ............ Z . ' ~ : Marjorie Owens holds some of the books she plans to read after retiring as Sheridan school librarian. Brenda .qd More state, federal funds help Sheridan add programs There's good news and bad news in the proposed 1994-95 Sheridan school budget. The good news: The state is paying an additional $166,000 in basic school support that will help the district buy new textbooks and fund a 7-day summer school for teachers. In addition, the federal govern- ment is paying $103,000 in back payments which the district will use to set up ccmlputer labs in each school and hire a full-tmle computer cooKlinator. No major budget cuts like those seen in large districts tire expected. The bad news: There's no more money lbr other programs so the district will be operating on a zero- growth budget. The two sides of the budget message were delivered last week to the budget committce by Supcrin- tendcnt LeRoy Key. Kc, explained that Measure 5, the $1.3 million in property taxesI nearly twice as much as estimated for next year. But the district received $1.7 million in state basic school support in 1991-92, about $1.3 million less than the amount in next year's budget. Salaries and benefits for the dis- trict's 90 employees will account for about 75 percent of the budget, Key pointed out. Under three-year contracts, teachers and staff will receive 3 percent cost-of-living wages and some teachers will also receive additional pay hikes for additional experience or schooling. The average pay boost for teach- ers next year will total 4.5 percent, Key said. It will cost the district an additional $90,(X)0. The Wesley Shenk thmily of Wil- lamina is one of 11 families nomi- nated for the Oregon State Fair's 1994 "'Farm t;amily of the Year" to select the Ore farm famil, who best re Here are some of the budget highlights: Counseling: The budget pro- poses putting Gary Mahe back in the high school for 80 percent of his time and Joannie VanVlack back in Chapman School for 80 percent of her time. The two counselors would spend the rest of their time in Fauiconer School. Students and parents who work with the counselors will be asked to sign a plan of action to help students reach competency levels. The budget allocates $104,000 for counseling, up from $93,000 this year. Technology: The budget shows cxpcnditurcs of $32,708, a $5,231 drop compared to this year The managenlent, innovative Inanage- ment and production techniques with definitive or measurable results, management practices that improved, ~reserved or m)tected the enwronment and actiw involvement district's goal is to have the schools on Intemet by next year, allowing students to make computer linkups to libraries across the country. Transportation: The budget shows an $18,000 jump for a total of $193,617. This is for home-to- school bus transit only and does not include extra-curricular activities. It will cost $17,000 more to add another bus to pick up students in the West Main and Cherry Hill areas who are outside the mandatory pickup zone. Talented and gifted: The budget suggests spending $4,500 less on the TAG program, cutting the cost to $18,475. Office staff: Key requested lnak- ing the thiat person in his office a permanent employee. Special education: The budge[ shows a jump of $33,483 for salaries and benefits for the 8-plus staff who work in the program. The prognml is li~derally funded. Food services: Gwen Rosenbahn, district clerk, said the program is breaking even for the first time. Students are encouraged to sign up tbr free and reduced-cost h, nches and break she said because relents subsidize the )ro