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2011-2012 Budget Guidelines

2011-2012 Budget Guidelines

The Board of Education adopted the 2011-2012 Budget Guidelines on November 22, 2010. Due to the importance of each guideline, the following bullets are NOT listed in a specific prioritized order.


* Develop a STUDENT BASED BUDGET focused on excellence in student learning and achievement for today and into the future.


* Support continued implementation of District initiatives in professional learning, use of data, and social/emotional learning:

  • • Use data to critically assess programs/ services and to inform instructional practices
    • Develop and implement rigorous 21st Century curriculum
    • Implement school-based action plans and committee work in alignment with District initiatives

* Provide for development of new future-focused strategic initiatives resulting in continued excellence for students, staff, and the District in the second decade of the 21st Century.

  • • Conduct a research and planning process resulting in new strategic initiatives
    • Engage stakeholders in the strategic planning process
    • Support action research and benchmarking activities


* Meet legal mandates and contractual obligations:

  • • Provide for fiscal accountability and effective internal controls
    • Provide for safety, security and facilities management


* Provide for fiscal stability into the future:

  • • Maintain financially prudent and sustainable reserve accounts
    • Protect the community’s investment in facilities and infrastructure


* Manage the impact of investment in education with sensitivity to limited community resources:

  •  • Seek opportunities to maximize current revenue and develop new revenue sources
    • To the degree possible, continue to offset new costs related to changes in programs/services with selected commensurate reductions
    • Seek cost efficiencies to supplement current practices and to further address the costly impact of unfunded mandates
    • Balance community expectations for services and programs, while being cognizant of changes in property values, income levels, and economic uncertainties
    • Manage impact of fluctuations in revenue sources