Beaverton teachers may lose jobs due to budget cuts


BEAVERTON, Ore. (KOIN) — The Beaverton School District held a meeting Monday night with parents and teachers to discuss tough cuts as they prepare next year’s budget.

Officials are projecting a $35 million budget deficit — meaning hundreds of jobs could be on the line.

Public communications officer for Beaverton School District Maureen Wheeler said they’re looking at reducing staff, increasing class sizes and cutting some programs.

So many people attended Monday’s meeting, some had to sit on the floor. 

Under the proposed cut, about 200 positions could be eliminated.

“When 85% of our budget is in personnel and the largest group is in teachers — that’s an area we have to look at,” she said.

Funding depends on a budget set by the Oregon Legislature, which may not be finalized until the beginning of June.

Superintendent Don Grotting is sounding a warning now. In a taped message in March, the superintendent explained that the growing cost of the state’s public retirement system is wiping out any gains in funding.

“The chances of any significant revenue reform being realized probably isn’t going to happen until spring 2020,” he said.

While nothing has been set in stone, parents are worried.

“No one wants teachers not teaching and class sizes to increase,” Heather Sorensen, a mother of two daughters, told KOIN 6 News.

The district has to finalize its budget by June 30.

Since there has been so much interest in Monday’s budget hearing, district officials said they had to change locations from the district offices to Merlo Station High School. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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