Tuesday, July 20, 2010

One up for community college, one down for K-12

Last Wednesday, a groundbreaking occurred on the $10.5-million Emergency Response Building at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, according to a story from the Daily Journal of Commerce. General contractor Skanska USA Building of Beaverton will build a three-story classroom building with training space for firefighters, paramedics, police, criminal justice professionals and students.

Scheduled to be completed in Fall 2011, the 33,000-square-foot building includes classrooms, labs, faculty and administrative offices, a cafeteria, a coffee shop, a student lounge, a library and a conference room. According to the college, Chemeketa’s fire science program for firefighters is the third largest in the country.

On the flip side...

Many public schools and local governments across Oregon are making cuts for the next fiscal cycle. We picked up on the details proposed for Portland public schools in a Portland Business Journal article. The district’s school board believes Portland can collect about $6 million in federal funds to help defray some of the $19 million in state reductions. The federal funding would protect 64 teaching jobs, according to a district press release.

The cuts, which will be formally approved in coming weeks, include:

  • $3.1 million, or as many as 25 full-time employees, in central operations and support.
  • $4.6 million, or the equivalent of 52 full-time teaching positions, in special education and English as a second language programs.
  • $5.6 million, or 62 full-time teaching positions, among school staffers.

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