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School District Budget Process

Posted on the school district Facebook page on 11/28/2022

BUDGET PROCESS

We have been asked to provide information on the process of the upcoming budget workshops, meetings, and hearing. The School District has already started a FAQ document on the District webpage under the Business Office tab. This provides answers to frequently asked questions regarding budget terms that will be used during the whole budget process.

REGULAR MEETING OR WORKSHOPS
On Tuesday night, November 22nd, 2022, the Administration presents its budget for the Fiscal year 2023-2024. The Superintendent will discuss the educational and business goals, objectives for the fiscal year, how it aligns with the strategic plan and the level of funding required. The Business Administrator will dive more into the financial analysis and impact of the proposed and default budgets. The Business Administrator will also provide highlights of the budget book development. Budget books are handed off to the School Board and Budget Committee. The Budget Workshops begin Tuesday, December 6th, 2022.

The budget workshops are designed to have an interactive dialogue between the School Board, the School District Administration, and the Budget Committee. During the workshop meetings, the Administration will present each budget group or area. The Department Head or responsible administrator will walk through the details of the individual budget and goals for that department. Comments and questions from the Board and the Budget committee are encouraged so that in the end, a budget that meets the goals is financially responsible to the taxpayers. At the end of each workshop, public comment will be allowed on the topics discussed that night. Budget workshops are scheduled for: December 6th, 13th, and 20th.

Meeting agendas will provide the scheduled or listed areas that will be discussed on any particular meeting. Please remember, the meetings can be altered based on pace of meetings, and/or weather. Normally, there is an “open meeting” at the end of the process, where the groups have a discussion on goals for the School District, the impact on taxpayers and ultimately is there a happy medium.

PUBLIC HEARINGS
By law, there are no less than two formal public hearings; three if there is a bond issue. January 12th, 2023, is the scheduled public hearing for the operating budget and February 10th is the Deliberative Session. At the public hearings, the public is encouraged to comment on, ask questions, get feedback from the Board and/or Administration on the financial effects of the budget, and expected goals. During the Deliberative Session, the public for that meeting is the legislative body. They have the right to comment, ask questions, make motions to amend the article on the floor.

Voting day is March 14th, 2023.

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