Strategic Stimulus Spending | ABCs of I, II, III

Organizing and planning ESSER funding can be overwhelming: large amounts of federal funds come with a lot of scrutiny and high expectations. From communicating the role of stimulus dollars in your operating budget to allocating funds to the right…

Safeguarding Savings: Tips to Prepare for Revenue Reductions

School districts are not immune to the impact of a global economic recession. But with careful planning and strategic reprioritization, district leaders can mitigate the impact of revenue reductions on students. We've compiled three sets of tactical…

A Seasonal Guide: How are school budgets made? *Summer Edition*

Time flies when you’re having fun with budgeting! Summer may seem like a quiet time in the education world, but it’s actually one of the busiest seasons for the finance and human capital teams.

A Seasonal Guide: How are school budgets made? *Spring Edition*

Spring is here and so is the spring installment to our seasonal guide to school budgets. Catch the fall edition here, or the winter breakdown here.

A Seasonal Guide: How are school budgets made? *Winter Edition*

Welcome to the winter installment of our seasonal guide to school budgets. During the fall, districts are figuring out how much money is coming in for the following school year and it's based on quite a few variable factors. (Missed the fall edition?…

A Seasonal Guide: How are school budgets made? *Fall Edition*

School and district budgets may seem like static and mysterious PDF files posted once a year on district websites, but that’s just the finished product of a near-constant process in which budgets are created, reviewed, and modified across the district…

Guide to Implementing Priority-Based Budgeting in School Districts

Aligning your budget to district priorities matters. Why? Because when spending is tracked against the district’s goals, the district ensures intentional spending is raising student achievement. And that means? Frankly - the success of every single…

Achieve District Goals with Strategic Budgeting

Strategic budgeting involves creating a multi-year budgeting plan that supports the long-term goals and vision set by the school district. It should represent the district’s strategic plan in action and allow the district to identify the financial…

What is Zero-based budgeting?

In most districts, the budget process begins with a roll-forward of the current budget and is adjusted for any known changes (i.e., employee compensation, benefit and pension rates, planned contract increases). In short, the budget of tomorrow is a…

Centralized vs. Decentralized Budgeting: Strategies to Advance Equity

Ask any district administrator, CFO, or Superintendent to name the top challenges impacting their district, there's a good chance “improving resource equity” is top of mind. Seeing as how there are various ways to address equity (using academic…