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School finance and budget

The budget puts students at the center of our funding decisions by prioritizing academic acceleration and advancing college and career readiness across the school district. Our classrooms are at the core of what we do, which is why we shifted approximately $40 million from the Davis Center budget to individual schools.

Budget highlights:

  • Brings decisions and dollars to the school and community level – where the students are and local school leadership can make better decisions.
    • Having more resources at the school level will allow for quicker response to student needs and ever-changing societal and demographic trends.
  • Right-sizes the Davis Center in order to better support schools. Right-sizing our non-school workforce will help us better integrate the work of our departments and ensure the long-term sustainability of directing more resources to schools.
  • Frees up funds for three specific efforts:
    • Addressing class size issues at non-high priority schools
    • Giving schools the flexibility to add time to the school day
    • Providing additional funds for professional development


  • January 2015
    • Associate superintendents and Finance Department staff begin budget conversations with principals and department leaders
  • March 2015
    • Preliminary allocations delivered; principals meet individually with their associate superintendent to determine the best uses of the school allocation
    • Preliminary budget recommendation presented to the school board finance committee
  • June 2015
    • Budget recommendation presented to the full school board
    • School board scheduled to vote on FY16 budget