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SPS Seeks Input for FY2019 Budget Process

March 07, 2018
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Each year the District is challenged with steady increases in expenses and minimal new revenue opportunities which provides a strain on the budget and causes leadership to budget strategically and make difficult decisions. This upcoming year is proving to be a challenge with expenses growing at a faster pace than revenue. Once again, charter School expenses continue to rise with many schools expanding seats while the reimbursement to offset these costs isn't enough to cover the legacy costs left behind.

Initial projections show the District facing a $6.8 million deficit based on the Governor's budget as well as trend data on District expenses. The budget development process is a lengthy one and as more information becomes available we will continue to update our assumptions and work diligently to balance the budget.

Along with balancing this year’s budget, we remind everyone that challenges in future years will still remain because the cost of doing business increases every year without the benefit of new revenue (e.g., contractual obligations, health care and retirement, etc.) With this in mind, please know Springfield Public Schools is committed to doing more with less to achieve our mission, but we are soliciting feedback to help us prioritize any potential cuts.

Please take a few moments to share with us your thoughts as they relate to the FY 2019 budget process. You may access the survey here: until Friday, March 23, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

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