The first School District 9 budget meeting is this Wednesday, Apr. 6 at 5 p.m. While there have been meetings at every school with those parents who could attend or wanted to attend one of those meetings, the formal budget committee meetings will begin the actual process to approve a budget for the coming year.
It appears there are two items that will take more funds than expected even just a couple of months ago and those items are fuel and food. According to Mike Remick, director of human resources, from the beginning of the school year until now, there has been a 20 percent increase in the cost of fuel. That translates to about a $30,000 increase, which means fewer dollars for other programs and needs.
Remick said as of the middle of last week, Sodexo advised food prices were going up but details of those increases had not been finalized.
The district is eliminating the child day care program. The teen parent class will continue. It has been consolidated into one class. Remick said there had been three full-time employees to serve the child care portion of the program, but the number of babies has decreased. Remick noted there has been a decrease in teen pregnancies in Oregon. Starting in February of this year, the majority of school days there was just one or two babies in the day care program.
Students with babies can still receive an education through one of three options. If they have someone to care for the infant, they can attend the regular high school program; if they don’t have child care they can participate in the online school or they can transfer to the program in the Medford School District.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent