The Seaside School Board approved a 2007-08 budget Monday evening.

Because Seaside has plenty of local support from property taxes, timber revenues and a local option levy, it will not draw from the state school fund, set at $5.85 billion for 2007-09 after a House vote Tuesday.

Still, the district has a brighter forecast than previous years, despite steadily decreasing enrollment. The board approved a total budget of $19,572,904 for 2007-08 with $15,909,045 proposed in the general resource fund, compared to the previous year's general fund budget of about $14.4 million.

An elementary music teacher position will be increased from half-time to full-time, Gearhart Elementary School will have a full-time principal and half-time teachers and an educational assistant will provide additional support in special education and for students learning English as a second language.

The money will likely support about 25 fewer students, bringing enrollment to about 1,600 students if the declining trend continues, Superintendent Doug Dougherty said.

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