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Portland Public Schools want your budget ideas

PORTLAND (WGME) -- If you want to see changes in how Portland Public Schools spend your tax dollars, now's the time to give input. For the first time, the school district is asking for feedback before the proposed budget is revealed in March.
Portland Public Schools hosted a town hall for parents and taxpayers to voice concerns and give ideas about what the district should prioritize in the 2014-2015 school year budget.

There are four areas where Portland schools want to focus: Strengthening the core of basic skills and knowledge, stimulating progress for all types of students, driving innovation, and investing in infrastructure.

About two dozen people attended the event at King Middle School in Portland, but school leaders say there's still time to give feedback.

CLICK HERE to find the budget tool kit and HERE to submit feedback to Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk.

Caulk will present a Fiscal Year 2015 budget to the Portland Schools Committee in March. Once approved, it goes to the Portland  City  Council. Ultimately, Portland voters will decide whether to approve the budget.

The current school year's budget, approved by voters last May, is $98 million.