OSBA provides a variety of resources to help school districts with budget and financial issues.
A few cautions about shortening the school year or eliminating days
School districts should consider several issues before making the decision to offer a shortened school year either this year or next.
Consider replacing early retirement incentives with TSAs
Your Early Retirement Incentive (ERI) may not be the best cost-saving strategy in today’s climate of rising health care costs. In fact, OSBA recommends that districts conduct a cost-benefit analysis of ERI programs. A growing number of districts have bargained a sunset on these programs, reduced benefits, or immediately discontinued the program. One alternative is to substitute ERI packages with a district-funded Tax Sheltered Annuity (TSA).
Ending fund balance-how much is enough?
Unions are targeting “ending fund balances” as a source to fund their salary and benefit proposals. This has become a popular issue at the legislature, in budget meetings and at bargaining tables. So, what is ending fund balance and why do we need it?
Engaging the community in budget development
Learn from Gresham-Barlow School District how to engage your community in setting budgeting priorities.
Insurance strategies - when more is better
What do striking grocery workers, the longest school district strike in Washington state history, Chicago teachers taking a strike vote and an eagerly awaited report from Portland Public Schools all have in common? The rising cost of health insurance.
Shortening the school year
As Oregon's economic woes deepen and financial uncertainty grows, some districts are considering early closure or a shortened school year for 2008-09 or beyond. There are several issues districts should consider before deciding to shorten the school year.