Portland Public Schools to hire more employees to help lower class sizes

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Superintendent Carole Smith asked the board for direction in hiring additional employees, funded by areas where the district over-estimated costs or underestimated revenues such as funds from the local option levy.

One of the biggest components of Smith’s plan would be the addition of 30 teachers across the system to help balance enrollment among schools.

“This is really a move to try and keep stability in the system,” Smith said.

Smith said the nearly $8 million expected from the Oregon Legislature’s “grand bargain” will not be budgeted this year. Instead, those funds will be shifted into the regular budget process for the 2014-15 school year, the school year in which the Legislature directed the money to be used.

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