Harney County School District #3
The next School Board meeting is scheduled for
January 14, 2014 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
This school year provides our staff with many opportunities to engage and
serve our children in our community. Our adopted budget provides funds for a
full school year without cutting any instructional hours or laying off any
staff. It is a great pleasure to have specialty areas such as art, music,
industrial arts and PE programs, along with full day kindergarten program. Our
district still only receives half of the funding for kindergarten students even
though we provide a full day program for them.
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 for our local
community. 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. Our county has repeatedly had the largest unemployment is the
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 continued leadership in stepping up and providing their continued
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 an increase for 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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