First time in a long time, money is not a problem for schools

By on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

PENDLETON – Oregon’s public schools have hard times ahead as they recover from the pandemic and the restrictions it placed on education. InterMountain Education Service District Superintendent Mark Mulvihill said that can be handled since the biggest worry of his career – funding – is no longer a problem.

“The corporate activities tax has given us the third leg of the stool that we’ve never had before, and it’s providing stable, adequate funding for our schools,” Mulvihill said.

In addition, Mulvihill said the commitment to funding schools appears strong in the Oregon Legislature. There’s also the added boost from federal stimulus funds due to the pandemic.

“We’re looking pretty good from a financial standpoint, a good solid standpoint, to move forward to recover and get ourselves out of this situation,” he said.