As noted yesterday, it is likely that the Board of Education will pass a Preliminary Budget for FY14 on Monday. The Preliminary Budget will have approximately $568 million in revenues and $588 million in expenditures with a $20 million deficit. In the next 6 posts, I will break down the Budget into its major components (Direct Instruction & Student Services, School Administration, Operations and General Administration) and pose a series of questions to the Board and Administration. The questions are designed to elicit a better understanding of the thought process behind the numbers and the objectives and outcomes expected from the choices made regarding the allocation of scarce resources.
The expenditure data I am using is based on the detailed information provided early last week which includes $614.9 million of expenditures. The Administration has proposed cuts of $26.9 million, but they have not yet been incorporated into the detailed information published. As such, some of my questions will be subsequently revised based on the information that is provided this coming Monday.
From a process standpoint, it is my experience that in order to gain a good understanding of higher level resource allocation decisions, it is critical that we understand the detailed information and then build up an understanding of the Budget as a whole.
Also, the Charts are sometimes difficult to read in the posts – all the information being published in available in a Word document which is much easier to read. If you would like a copy, email me at email@example.com.
Update: Post linked by Maureen Downy at the AJC Get Schooled.com – Thanks for the link!