Portland Supt. Proposes Job Cuts, Seeks Concessions from Union

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Although the referendum on the fiscal year 2014 school budget is less than a month away, the superintendent of schools said there could still be some reductions if the teachers union cooperates.

Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk said the $97.9 million budget presented to the finance committee represents the vision, values and priorities of the district.

“Next year is a very challenging budget with lots of moving parts, and as we continue to work toward building a great public school system for a world-class city, how do we organize our resources to move us forward and achieve this goal but also be fair and responsible to our taxpayers?” he said.

As it stands, the budget will cause an increase of more than 3.5 percent in the school’s portion of the tax rate, Caulk said.

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