Dallas School Board near deal to sell property to LVCS

DALLAS -- The Dallas School District and Luckiamute Valley Charter Schools may soon agree to terms of a sale for the charter school's Pedee and Bridgeport campuses.Dallas School Board members reviewed tentative sale agreements Monday that would sell both properties to the charter school for $50,000 each.But the district would discount the sales price significantly to $10,000 for each property so long as the charter school would agree to buy them "as-is," meaning any repairs and updates needed in the buildings now would be solely the charter school's responsibility.The agreement states the sale is to close no later than Aug. 30, if both parties agree.The board has scheduled a special meeting Monday at 8 a.m. to consider the agreement.Monday's meeting also brought some good and bad news regarding funding.The bad news was that Oregon lawmakers adjourned the legislative session without reaching an agreement for more Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) reforms, which would have saved school districts more money."They did work hard this session to put something together, but it just didn't happen," Dallas Business Manager Tami Montague said Monday.The good news was that the K-12 schools budget that was passed will send more money to Dallas than expected -- nearly $250,000 more in 2013-14.Montague said the legislation passed varied from the $6.55 billion biennial budget plan presented by the cochairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee in March. She said the majority of the difference was the result of money slated to be set aside for programs outside the state school fund (the fund that provides the bulk of the resources school districts use to operate) was placed back into the fund under the bill that passed.District officials said they will not give up on ongoing efforts for further reform, though."We can't let the urgency pass to do something with PERS," Superintendent Christy Perry said.In other business, the board:* Approved bids to repair the roof over the Dallas High School weight room at a cost of $40,450, the library roof at Oakdale Heights Elementary school for $68,875, and purchase materials for the projects for $35,123.

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