The Riverdale School District (RSD) is currently recruiting to fill four open positions and at least one alternate on the District’s Budget Committee. Community members interested in learning more about the fiscal operations of the district and participating in the review, design, and recommendation of the District budget, please see the description below and process to apply.

    Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday September 30, 2022​.


    Nicole Bassen

    Riverdale School District

    11733 S Breyman Ave

    Portland, OR 97219



    Monday October 10, 2022:​ Board will review the names of persons submitting applications and appoint persons to fill any vacant positions.



    The Budget Committee is a 10-member advisory group established by Oregon statute (ORS 294), which consists of members of the Riverdale School District Board and five eligible volunteers, as defined by ORS 247.002, appointed by the School Board.

    Budget Committee members serve for a three-year term and Committee Alternates serve for a one-year term. The Budget Committee’s role is to receive the proposed budget from the Budget Officer; provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the budget, and determine the reasonableness of the proposed budget in meeting the priorities and goals of the District as set by the School Board. Upon completion of the review and deliberations, the Budget Committee will approve the budget either as proposed or revised and formally set the tax rates and general obligation bond levy. The budget then moves forward to the School Board who makes the final decision resulting in adoption.

    1. To accomplish its stated objectives, the Budget Committee will govern in a consistent and efficient manner and accordingly:

      1. Organize by electing a Presiding Officer and Vice-Presiding Officer. No member shall serve as Presiding Officer for more than two years in succession.

      2. Open all Budget Committee meetings to the public and hold all meetings within the geographic boundaries of the District.

      3. Conduct a Budget Committee meeting only if a majority of the members are present

      4. Designate time for public testimony. The Presiding Officer may set a time limit on the length of individual testimony as well as the amount of time set aside for public testimony.

      5. Vote on motions using “yeas” or “nays” and record the result of the vote

      6. Utilize the majority vote requirement, which requires affirmative votes by a majority of the committee (6 out of 10) be required to pass any motion before the committeeAdhere to local budget law and terms of confidentiality until the District’s budget message and the proposed budget is presented in a public meeting before discussing issues such as:

    2. Adhere to local budget law and terms of confidentiality until the District’s budget message and the proposed budget is presented in a public meeting before discussing issues such as:

      1. Specific estimates of revenue

      2. Expenditures or appropriation amounts associated with any fund, object classification, program, line item, resource or requirement; or

      3. Whether to impose any specific tax levy or the amount of any levy.

    3. Fulfill the role of Budget Committee member by attending identified Budget Work Group meetings. For the 2023-24 budget process, those dates include:

    • Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at Riverdale Grade School
    • Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at Riverdale Grade School
    • Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at Riverdale Grade School

    All meetings will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM


    4. The Budget Committee will ensure that meetings are conducted with maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Accordingly, responsibilities include:

      1. Attend and be prepared for meetings

      2. Support the Presiding Officer’s efforts to facilitate an orderly meeting

      3. Focus on issues rather than personalities

      4. Speak only when recognized during meeting

      5. Not interrupt each other during meetings

      6. Not engage in side conversations during meetings

      7. Ask questions for clarification

      8. Listen for content and understanding

      9. Not repeat what has already been said during meeting

      10. Communicate in a timely manner to avoid surprise

      11. Ensure that all members’ voices are heard

      12. Exercise honesty in all written and interpersonal interaction, never intentionally misleading or misinforming each other

      13. Make every reasonable effort to protect the integrity and promote the positive image of the district and one another

      14. Respect decisions of the full committee

Budget Committee Meetings 2022

Budget Committee Members

  • The RSD 51J Budget Committee, which meets to examine the entire budget, is made up of the five members of the Riverdale School Board and five citizens appointed by the board. 

    OSBA Budget Committee Handbook


    The Budget Committee has 10 members: the five elected school board members and five citizens appointed to three-year terms by the board. Board members are elected from the district at large to serve four-year terms. Appointees serve three-year terms and are appointed by open vote of the School Board, as openings occur. Applicants must reside within school district boundaries and be registered voters.

    The Budget Committee is responsible for deliberating on the Proposed Budget submitted by the Superintendent and for sending the Approved Budget to the School Board for adoption. The committee normally meets two to three times (April-May) during the budget approval process. 

    To be eligible, the applicant must:

    • Live in the district for one year prior to application;
    • Live and be registered to vote in the district; and
    • Not be an officer, agent or employee of the district.  
    • Meetings


    The committee normally meets two to three times in April-May during the budget approval process. 

    Public Input

    The Budget Committee encourages public participation and allows time at meetings for public testimony.

Current Budget Committee Members