The Philomath School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, to discuss and vote on the 2023-24 budget and reduction in force proposal. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Philomath School Board plans to meet at 7 p.m. Friday with an agenda limited to approval of the 2023-24 fiscal year budget and the reduction in force issue that has surfaced this spring amid the district’s funding challenges.

The special meeting was scheduled for June 23 after the School Board delayed a budget vote and reduction in force decision after several teachers urged them during public comments to take another look and consider their requests, which includes an 8% cost of living increase.

Prior to the open meeting, the board will meet at 6 p.m. in executive session for the purpose of discussing labor negotiations. The district and teachers’ union had been scheduled to meet Wednesday for a bargaining session.

The proposed budget for 2023-24 comes in at $47.2 million with $30.7 million in appropriations and $16.5 million in unappropriated and reserve amounts.

Also on the agenda is a budget-related vote on a resolution to impose and categorize the tax — a permanent tax rate of $4.8664 per $1,000 of assessed value and the local option tax of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.