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Improvements to the Cove School Districtís budget will allow the district to make several facility upgrades including moving the Goodson Field arch, above, to the entrance to the football field. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)
COVE — The Cove School District’s budget picture appears far more solid than it did a year ago.
The Cove School Board is close to adopting a 2013-14 general fund budget of $3.538 million, about $300,000 more than its present year’s budget. This is a sharp contrast to last June when the school board adopted a budget that was $205,000 less than year before but avoided cutting staff or programs.
The district’s budget picture is stronger because the Legislature is expected to approve a budget of $6.55 billion for the 2013-15 biennium. This would provide Oregon school districts with their first funding increase in several years.
“I feel very good about our budget. We will be in very good shape the next biennium,” said Cove School District Superintendent Bruce Neil.
The district’s budget committee earlier recommended that the school board adopt the district’s proposed budget of $3.536 million. The school board will vote on whether to adopt the budget at its June 18 meeting.
This year’s funding boost means the school district will not have to make any reductions in staff or programs.
It also means that the school district will be able to make several facility upgrades, including the extension of a concrete walkway outside the high school’s east entrance. The project will prevent people from tracking mud into the high school when conditions are wet. Cove Principal Mat Miles said the problem is particularly bad in the fall when the high school football and volleyball teams are playing at the same time.
Another facility upgrade the district intends to make is moving the Goodson Field arch near the entrance to the football field. The arch will be repositioned so that everyone entering the football field will walk right under it. This will allow the arch, now partially obscured by a maple tree, to be more prominently displayed. It will also add definition to the entryway into the football field.
“We want to create a real entrance,” Neil said.
The district also plans to upgrade the high school’s south hallway, which features trophy cases and student achievement banners. Plans call for the old carpeting to be torn out and replaced by flooring, repair work to the trophy cases
Miles noted that the carpeting in the south hallway is in very poor condition.
“It is tired and time for it to go,” he said.
The upgrades in the south hallway will brighten the school’s look and feel.
“We want to add as much pop to it as possible,” Neil said. “Our goal is to add an ambience. We want to showcase our facility.”