Budget Development Process

  • Integrated processes drive budget priorities
    Budget Lenses  

    Each spring, the annual operating budget is developed as a plan for how the district will use its resources to support student learning in the next school year. While that budget is being drafted and even after it is approved, several outside factors impact that process and require continual monitoring and adjustments.

    This complicated process relies upon several avenues of input:
    The key to the data driven decision-making process is the sequential alignment of the three lenses. Fall student data informs schools on areas that may need additional focus and support. The actions necessary and the resources needed are integrated in the SIP which is presented to the administration in SOSRs held in late January through March. Concurrently, the student data drives district wide programmatic analysis and decisions that are reviewed and prioritized by the FAC and superintendent’s cabinet. Finally, the SOSRs presentations further identify specific school-based resource needs necessary to finalize the AOP and develop the operating budget for the following school year. 
    With the economic recovery over the past two years, combined with expansion of full-day kindergarten and K-3 class size reduction, there is a teacher shortage throughout the state. In addition, with instructional program changes to Common Core, expansion of STEM and the increase to the number of credits student need to graduate, the shortage is compounded for math, science, language arts, and world language. 
    This reality requires school districts to begin hiring in late January or early February, which “short-circuited” the traditional budget development process. Accordingly, the FAC had to begin their work in October by deepening their understanding of the 2017-18 draft Annual Operating Plan (AOP), followed by prioritizing more than 97 possible investments to support the 37 targets within the AOP totaling just over $4.8 million. The group further reviewed and affirmed a planned set of reductions to brace against the 2018 levy cliff. Fortunately, on March 9, the House and Senate passed and sent to the Governor ESB 5023 which delayed the levy cliff for one year, mitigating layoff notices in several major school districts.