With its emphasis on maintaining and even building up programs and staff, Monday night’s early discussions for the Beaverton School District’s 2014-15 budget were considerably brighter and more upbeat compared to the slashing and shock that informed the economically battered process in the past few years.
While the district’s general fund is on the rise, staffing cuts are not entirely a thing of the past, however. Montclair, Greenway, Cedar Mill, West Tualatin View and McKay elementary schools will lose their technology specialist positions to accommodate additional physical education and music instruction teachers. Other schools will see a boost in the latter two positions while retaining their technology specialists.
Budget Committee members assured Montclair parents and students, about a dozen of whom spoke against eliminating admired technical specialist Joann Vazquez, that the process remains open to recommendations and possible changes. While making no promises the positions would be restored, Superintendent Jeff Rose conceded those in affected schools deserve more details about the process — a delicate recalibration of music, physical education and technology instructors based on school sizes.