SHUTESBURY SCHOOL COMMITTEE BUDGET PLANNING
The major portion of income for the operation of the public schools is derived from local property taxes, and the School Committee will attempt to protect the valid interest of the taxpayers. However, the first priority in the development of an annual budget will be the educational welfare of the children in our schools.
Budget decisions reflect the attitude and philosophy of those charged with the responsibility for educational decision-making. Therefore, a sound budget development process must be established to ensure that the annual operating budget accurately reflects this school system's goals and objectives.
In the budget planning process for the school system, the School Committee will strive to:
1. Engage in thorough advance planning, with staff and community involvement, in order to develop budgets and guide expenditures in a manner that will achieve the greatest educational returns and contributions to the educational program in relation to dollars expended.
2. Establish levels of funding that will provide high quality education for all our students.
3. Use the best available techniques for budget development and management.
The Superintendent will have overall responsibility for budget preparation, including the construction of, and adherence to, a budget calendar.
NOTE: Include in this category statements on the general plan for budget development and on staff/student/public participation in the process (but not the official hearings). If advisory committees take part, this might be included in the policy, with details on their functioning presented as an accompanying regulation. Many school systems have special publications for staff on budget development offering procedures in detail. Such publications can be referred to (by adding a note at the end of this policy) as a source of additional information.
First reading: 04-25-07
Second reading, first vote: 05-16-07
Final vote: 06-20-07