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Portland cuts $10 million in facilities costs to ease budget woes

The Portland Public Schools board has cut more than $10 million in facilities costs from the 2001-02 budget in the face of a $20.5 million shortfall. The district will close the revenue gap by making more cuts in facilities and maintenance, by leasing nonschool buildings and by increasing some rental fees to community groups that use district-owned facilities.

Previous articles: A proposal to close one of Portland's most troubled middle schools turns up on a list of ways the district could reduce a $20 million budget shortfall--no one will claim responsibility for the idea....Administrators say Portland Public Schools will take significant hits as the district ends its reliance on short-term financing.

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