Harney County School District #3
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The next School Board meeting is scheduled for
June 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board room at the Lincoln Administrative
Burns High School has received a plaque from the Northwest
Accreditation Commission (NWAC) recognizing BHS for being an accredited high
school for 75 years (1936). Congratulations BHS!
A message from Dr. Marilyn McBride
The 2012 -2013 school year provides opportunities to serve
our children in our community. Our adopted budget provides funds for a full
school year without cutting any instructional days or laying off any teachers.
In contrast, the budget provides funds for our art teacher, Ben Holtby to be
employed full time and paid by the district rather than by donations which
occurred last school year. Also, additional instructional time has been added
for each kindergarten student.
Harney County School District is one of the larger employers in our community.
In the state of Oregon, schools are bigger than any state agency or private
employer. With about 60,000 employees across the state, schools have a
tremendous impact on Oregon's economy. Our schools present a major impact on our
local businesses. Our school district provides about 150 jobs. The lack of
adequate revenue for schools forces massive job losses on one of Oregon's larger
employers and will guarantee a continued downward spiral for our economy.
Studies show that cuts to schools have a huge ripple effect on Oregon and local
economies. According to a 2002 ECONorthwest study, every $1 million decrease in
Oregon K-12 spending eliminates 37.5 jobs, including 10.7 jobs not held by
school employees. Similarly, every $1 million decrease in Oregon K-12 spending
and regional wages and business income, on average, buys $1,292 million.
We need a balanced approach in dealing with this fiscal crisis. I appreciate any
contacts our community members may make to our legislature and the governor. We
need their leadership to step up and provide bold steps that will preserve
schools, protect the vulnerable and generate jobs.
Our Board of Directors are eager to address the needs of the district and deal
with the current budget crisis. Ultimately, our Board has agreed they must be
diligent in their efforts to continue to build balanced budgets. They have
worked with our associations this year, striving to keep a balanced budget and
yet provide for the needs of our employees.
We continue to ask our community for help. Please share your expertise and be
involved. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your input. Come
and visit! I look forward to visiting our schools with you.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful consideration of this request. Feel
free to call me at 541.573.6811 if you have any questions. Your comments and
ideas are always welcomed. Stop by district office and take a tour of our
schools with me. Thank you. It is a pleasure to be here working with you to make
our schools the greatest place for our students.
Dr. Marilyn L. McBride
Superintendent, Harney County School District #3
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