Annual Operating Budget for 2018-19
City Schools' operating budget is developed over a period of months with input from school communities and key stakeholders. For 2018-19, budget development got started in October 2017 with meetings about potential changes to the way the district funds traditional schools. Early in 2018, principals invited families and school partners to give input on budget priorities, and reviewed budget proposals with their communities.
District staff presented the proposed budget to the Board of School Commissioners on April 24, and shared it with the community at a series of meetings in locations around the city between April 25 and May 3. The Board approved the budget at its public meeting on Tuesday, May 8.
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Highlights from the budget
* Funding for literacy coaches for 20 schools, focused on helping teachers improve students' abilities in reading, writing, speaking, and listening — part of City Schools' blueprint for success
* Funding for staff members at 20 schools to support students socially and emotionally, helping them build confidence, positive relationships, and successful communities for teaching and learning — also part of the district's blueprint
* New funding for schools that serve large numbers of students from low-income households
* More than $35 million for pre-k programs, continuing our commitment to providing great opportunities for our youngest learners
* $21 million for programs to support students who are learning English
* $23 million for building maintenance
* 16 new staff members for preventive maintenance, including for heating systems