Budget 101

  • This page provides general information about the district budget and the budget process.

  • What is the district budget?

    In the most general definition, a budget is balancing revenue and expenditures. The district budget is calculated for the fiscal year, which runs July 1 through June 30. The budget process is year-round and involves many stakeholders including: state and local representatives, the Board of Education, district administration, the Citizen Budget Review Committee, parents, district employees, and community members.

    The guide for budget priorities include the district strategic plan and the district mission: "Our mission is to provide an excellent, equitable education in a safe, supportive environment so all students will succeed and contribute to a diverse and changing society."

  • How is the district funded?

    The district receives funding from federal, state, and borough government. The district receives the majority of it's funding from the state; the exact amount is decided by the governor and state legislature when the state budget is finalized. In general, the district revenue is 60% state, 25% local, 12% federal, and 3% other. The exact percentages will vary year to year.

  • What is the role of the district administration?

    The superintendent and the Administrative Services department develop the proposed budget. They consider the Citizen Budget Review Committee, individual schools, and department/program manager recommendations while also reviewing district class size targets and evaluating programs and objectives to determine administrative priorities. They set supply allocation levels, develop enrollment projections, determine staffing levels and estimate state revenues. Finally, the superintendent presents the proposed budget to the Board of Education.

  • What is the role of the Board of Education?

    The Board of Education responsibilities include appointing Citizen Budget Review Committee members and providing input regarding budget parameters and priorities to the superintendent pertaining to class size, programs, and objectives.

    After the superintendent presents the proposed budget, the Board of Education holds public hearings to gather parent, employee, and community feedback before adopting and approving the recommended budget. The recommended budget is sent to the borough and the local contribution is decided. If necessary, the Board of Education adjusts the budget to match the funding level decided by the borough assembly and state legislature.

Last Modified on February 4, 2019