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Oak Harbor school board approves 2014-15 budget

The Oak Harbor School District board approved a 2014-15 budget during its meeting Monday night.

The approved budget shows general fund revenue projections as of Aug. 31 at $4.3 million.

General fund expenditure projections for the upcoming school year, as of Aug. 31, are about $4.26 million.

The budget’s most significant changes are due to the local levy passed last year by voters.

“This will be the first year that we receive the full levy,” said Vicki Williams, director of business services. “Since last year, we only received half of it. We’re able to restore and protect some of the items that we had to cut in previous years’ budget.”

Two of the most important changes included money earmarked for new textbooks and technology.

The school district adopted a new social studies curriculum for this upcoming school year for the middle and senior high schools. The new curriculum includes new textbooks and online supplements.

The district is planning to purchase Chromebooks, electronic tablets and interactive LCD screens.

In another significant change, according to Williams, more money from Washington state is being directed to the school district under the McCleary Act.

The McCleary Act was adopted in 2012. The state Supreme Court ruled that Washington was not meeting its constitutional obligation to adequately fund education.

“While it’s less than many consider ‘meaningful progress’ toward its obligation of full-funding of public education by 2018, it still provides new revenue for Oak Harbor,” Oak Harbor Superintendent of Schools Lance Gibbon wrote in his budget message.

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