2024-25 budget process is underway
Over the first months of 2024, District 191 will develop a budget for the 2024-25 school year.
As always, District 191 will take a values- and priorities-based approach to creating next year’s budget, including achieving the district’s Strategic Directions and its commitment to be a PreK-12 Pathways district.
In a presentation to the School Board Dec. 14, Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle outlined the budget process timeline and shared key factors that will affect the district's budget. These factors included:
the end of $8.2 million in federal pandemic relief funding, which has helped sustain existing positions and supported several new positions over the past three years.
an expected decline in enrollment
new mandates from the state government, some of which are unfunded or only partially funded
increase in state aid of 2% for general education
possible double-digit increases in costs for transportation, food, supplies and utilities
Along with aligning spending toward the district's strategic plan, Dr. Battle said the district's goals include thinking long-term and ensuring the district's budget is sustainable.
"With the loss of pandemic relief funds, many school districts say they are facing a fiscal cliff," Battle said. "Through good financial management and planning, we've put ourselves in a position where we can slowly step away from that funding, limiting the impact that our students, families and staff feel during the transition."
Community Input & Feedback
Community input into the 2024-25 budget process was accepted through Feb. 8.
There will be opportunities to provide feedback on the initial proposed budget after it's presented in March, including an online feedback form and a public meeting.
Budget Documents & Resources
- FY25 Guiding Change
- FY25 Preliminary Budget Considerations
- FY25 Budget: Initial Feedback, Budget Scenarios and Timeline - Presented Feb. 8
Budget Information and Timeline
Board receives report on FY25 budget timeline, assumptions
Board approves FY24 revised budget
Budget input form open to public
Preliminary budget recommendation presented to Board
- Online feedback form open to public
Public meetings held to receive feedback
Board receives feedback on preliminary budget recommendation
Superintendent presents adjusted budget recommendations to the Board
June 13 - FY25 Adopted budget presented
June 20 - FY25 Adopted budget approved