The Medford School District says it saved $725,000 while teachers were on strike for 11 workdays in February.
District Chief Financial Officer Brad Earl says the district paid more than $2 million to keep schools open during the strike, but still came out ahead on the budget. The Medford Mail Tribune (http://is.gd/3Cmvqt) says Earl reported the figures at Monday night's school board meeting.
The money will be transferred from the district's general fund to a special revenue fund where it can be used for student-related purchases and facility maintenance projects.
The newspaper says student-related purchases include $40,000 in new ovens for South Medford High School's culinary classroom and $250,000 for 500 Chromebooks for students to use, primarily for online testing. Another $382,000 will go for curriculum software.