School district budget may grow for 2014-15

Written by Dick Mason, The Observer April 25, 2014 10:15 am

Students enter Central Elementary Friday morning. The           La Grande School District is proposing a budget nearly $1.8 million greater than its present year budget be adopted for 2014-15. (DICK MASON/The Observer)
Students enter Central Elementary Friday morning. The La Grande School District is proposing a budget nearly $1.8 million greater than its present year budget be adopted for 2014-15. (DICK MASON/The Observer)

Budget committee proposes nearly $1.8 million increase for coming school year 

Instead of cutting back, the  La Grande School District is planning to add back in 2014-15. 

The La Grande School District, which has had to make major cutbacks since 2008 because of budget shortfalls, is proposing that a general fund budget nearly $1.8 million greater than its present year budget be adopted for 2014-15. The $19.237 million spending plan, presented to the school district’s budget committee Wednesday, would add back many positions the district was forced to cut in recent years.

The district's budget is projected to be up 9.2 percent in 2014-15 because of additional funding it is expecting from the state due in part to an improving economy.