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School district approves next year’s budget

Modified: Monday, Jun 16th, 2014

NEWPORT — The Lincoln County School District Board of Directors approved the 2014-15 budget Tuesday night with fluidity in mind.

Next year’s budget is $86.3 million total, with a $49.8 million general fund.

A few members of the public and a representative of the Lincoln County Education Association voiced their concerns before the board’s vote at Newport High School.

One unforeseen item during the budgeting process was the cut in federal funding for health advocates.

Jeanne St. John, co-chair of the Central Coast PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and Don McDonald, PAADA (Partnership Against Alcohol and Drugs Abuse) coordinator, both former LCSD administrators, advocated for the district to find the funding.

The Health Services Advocate program is facing a 50 percent cut, meaning there would only be an advocate at the high schools about two and a half days a week.

“We have some real concerns over that and addressing the needs of kids,” McDonald said, adding advocates are often the “first line of defense” when it comes to the physical and mental health of students.

For the complete article see the 06-13-2014 issue.

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