FY2016 Budget Developement

BPS presented the initial FY2016 budget to the Boston School Committee on February 4, 2015. Hearings will be held over the next six weeks, with a School Committee vote scheduled for March 25, 2015.

Budget timeline and Community Hearings 
  • Monday, March 9 
    6 p.m. – Budget Hearing
    Lilla G. Frederick Middle School, 270 Columbia Road, Dorchester

  • March 11
    5:00 p.m. Budget Hearing
    6:00 p.m. School Committee meeting
    26 Court Street, Boston

  • March 19  - NEWLY ADDED
    6 p.m.  Budget Hearing
    English High School
    144 McBride St
    Jamaica Plain, MA 
  • March 25 
    6 p.m. - Regular meeting and FY 16 Budget vote
    26 Court Street, Boston

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    Written feedback may also be given at budget@bostonpublicschools.org.

city allocation

The FY’16 budget is notable on several fronts: Mayor Martin J. Walsh has again demonstrated his clear commitment to public education in Boston, aiming to increase the city’s allocations to the district between 3-4%. However, at the same time costs for the district are expected to rise by approximately $58 million, coupled with a $14 million decline in state and federal revenue.

Most notable however, are key strategies that go beyond fixing a financial gap, but rather are designed first and foremost to position the district to commit to closing gaps of achievement and opportunity.

The district’s budget goals reflect our intention to preserve current investments
that are already showing results…
 

New Investments

  • Ensure a strong educator in every classroom, every day through the early hiring initiative
  • Build a diverse workforce reflective of the cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity of our students
  • Extend learning time for current and former turnaround schools
  • Continue strategies that increase graduation rates and reduce drop-out rates
  • Build cultural competency
  • Prepare students for success in the 21st century, including implementation of the Common 
  • Core through Expeditionary Learning curriculum in grades 3-5
  • Core through Expeditionary Learning curriculum in grades 3-5
  • Increase support and accountability for all schools through the network model
  • Increase the district’s capacity to intervene in underperforming schools 

…and to build upon them through new investments that address opportunity and achievement gaps:

  • Increase resources going directly to schools through Weighted Student Funding: +$20.6M
  • Implement Extended Learning Time agreement: +$5M
  • Expand access to K1 seats: +$1M
  • Increase access to inclusive opportunities: +$620K
  • Digital Academy pilot expansion: +$500K
  • Human capital strategy; school leadership, compensation reform: +$340K 

Budget challenge chart  

Even with increased funding, costs will continue to rise faster than revenue.

 
The district faces approximately $58 million in rising costs, mostly due to salaries, benefits and transportation.
  • There's also an additional $14 million decline in state and federal revenue. 
  • As of February 4, the budget gap stands between $42 million and $51 million.  
 
We will address this challenge through three guiding principles
 
  • Maximize resources that go directly to schools through Weighted Student Funding 
  • Rethink central services to best serve the needs of students and schools
  • Begin to tackle structural imbalances in three major areas:
1. School closures and classroom consolidations
  • Correct imbalances to allow the district to target resources to bolster all schools.
2. Transportation
  • Consider and plan for implementation of key policy decisions and efficiencies identified in last year’s budget process
3. Food offerings
  • Review Food and Nutrition Services operations and offerings in light of best practices from comparable district 

The budget is a statement of our values

 
The annual budget exercise, at its core, is a statement of our values. This budget is a first step in a comprehensive assessment of strategies that must be considered for the long-term success of the Boston Public Schools. We are targeting our resources in more meaningful ways to ensure all students are supported by exemplary educators and staff, in every school, every day.
This year's budget recommendation builds on a plan that positions the Boston Public Schools to be stronger and to continue to serve as a national leader in urban public education. 
 
Resources

Contact Us

Eleanor Laurans

Executive Director of School Finance
 

Nathan Kuder

Deputy Executive Director of School Finance
 

Benjamin Ivey

Financial Analyst: TLT I
 

Akua Donkoh

Financial Analyst: TLT II
 

Michelle Goldberg

Financial Analyst: TLT III (A)
 

Lemma Jarudi

Financial Analyst: TLT III (B)
 

Yvonne Macre

Financial Analyst: TLT IV
ymacrae@bostonpublicschools.org