The Atlanta Public School’s finance division has just issued the comprehensive FY15 Budget Book – all 306 pages of it (see here). The Book has some new and very interesting items and some items that have been eliminated from prior presentations.
The most interesting new item is the presentation of school budgets for FY15 (see pages 255-305). The presentation shows the budget for each traditional school in the district and the related enrollment. While there is a huge amount of information here, the following is a brief summary of spending per student by each cluster.
The black dividing line in the chart separates the clusters with those above the $7,191 average per student spending and those below (the two single gender clusters and non-traditional education sites are shown separately as they encompass city-wide student bodies).
Surprised by the dollar allocation? As was the case with the Equity Audit issued this past year, some of the results are surprising and counter-intuitive. For the time being, let the information above sink-in, but don’t reach too many conclusions yet. There is a lot to find in all the detailed information presented and, often a summary like the above does not tell the whole story – more to come on this in future posts.
In addition, the Budget Book presents the first look at the revised top-level organization chart for the district. Much of this has been telegraphed in the past, but there are a few surprises. The senior staff members are shown below (click to enlarge):
The most significant changes since the prior administration are the addition of the Chief Accountability Officer – with the Chief Information Officer as a direct report – and the elimination of the Organizational Advancement (or Strategy) group.
And while no announcements have been made yet, I would expect to see additional reorganizations of internal departments as resources are reallocated to conform with the organizational structure above.
I also think it is important to note that while reorganizations may be taking place, since the beginning of the fiscal year, almost no administrative positions have been eliminated and, in fact, there have been a number of additions.
This is disappointing at best and a far cry from what I would have expected from our new Board and Superintendent.