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The proposed 2015-16 Milwaukee Public Schools budget presented to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors this week prioritizes educational opportunities for the district’s 77,391 students. The budget reflects an overall reduction in spending of $29 million or 2.5% amid declining state and federal support.
Since July 2014, the district has been working to develop Eight Big Ideas, a series of strategic, interdependent, district-wide objectives guided by MPS’ three goals – Academic Achievement; Student, Family and Community Engagement; and, Effective and Efficient Operations. The plans developed through these objectives, which were also shaped by feedback from a series of community listening sessions, are at the heart of the budget and are reflected in budget’s priorities. Highlights of those priorities include:
“We embrace these opportunities to improve student achievement during fiscally challenging times,” Dr. Driver said. “The proposed state budget cuts per-student funding by $150 in every school district in Wisconsin; that’s a $12 million cut for MPS and does not cover inflation for the coming year, which is estimated at $11 million. Federal funding is also decreasing by approximately $17 million.”
The district has experienced some cost savings to help offset some of the cuts. Personnel costs are decreasing by $7.4 million as a result of lower average wages. Cost savings also continue due to benefit changes approved both before and after the passage of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10.
The total proposed budget – which includes grant funding and funding for Milwaukee Recreation – is $1,141,183,711, down from $1,170,412,143 in 2014-15.
Download the entire 2015-16 Superintendent's Proposed Budget here.
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Provides an overview of the Superintendent's thoughts and the process behind the 2015-16 Proposed Budget.
The Table of Contents lists the sections of the 2015-16 budget organized in the order in which the information appears. The Proposed Budget is organized into nine sections: (1) Table of Contents; (2) Budget In Brief; (3) District Overview; (4) Financial; (5) Capital and Debt; (6) Schools; (7) Central Services; (8) Supplemental Information; and (9) Line Items. Each section is designed to help the reader focus on different aspects of the 2015-16 Superintendent's Proposed Budget.
The Budget in Brief section of the 2015-16 Superintendent's Proposed Budget provides summary information on the District's overall budget.
All items listed in the Budget in Brief table of contents are "interactive". Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The District Overview section of the 2015-16 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget introduces the District, the City of Milwaukee, the Board of School Directors, the Superintendent and Administrative Officers. The District’s structure and organization, purpose, goals and strategic objectives are also described.
All items listed in the District Overview table of contents are "interactive". Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The Financial section of the 2015-16 Superintendent's Proposed Budget provides detailed information on the budget process, District revenues and expenditures, fund balance, long term projections and District financial policies.
All items listed in the Financial table of contents are "interactive". Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The Capital and Debt section of the 2015-16 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget provides information on capital spending and debt management, including their role and impact on the annual budget.
All items listed in the Capital and Debt table of contents are "interactive". Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The Schools section of the 2015-16 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget describes various types of schools, school programs, centrally supported programs and staffing, student enrollment and its relationship to school funding and detailed information for each school.
All items listed in the Schools table of contents are “interactive”. Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The Central Services section of the 2015-16 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget provides information on MPS Administrative offices and departments, including accomplishments, major changes, staffing changes and budget summaries.
All items listed in the Central Services table of contents are “interactive”. Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The Supplemental Information section of the 2015-16 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget provides background and detailed community information, a budget glossary and other additional information to provide context and greater understanding.
All items listed in the Supplemental Information table of contents are “interactive”. Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The Line Item section of the 2015-16 Superintendent's Proposed Budget provides detailed information of the proposed expenditures for 2015-16 with reference data from current and prior years.
All items listed in the Line Items table of contents are “interactive”. Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
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Financial Planning and Budget Services Contact Information:
Shannon Gordon - Senior Director of Financial Planning and Budget Services
Tom Back - Budget Specialist
James Johnson - Budget Coordinator
Lynn Ruhl - Budget Coordinator
Mary Barnum - Budget Analyst High School Region
Seemi Daniel - Budget Analyst Central Region
Marquez Guzman - Budget Analyst Northwest Region
Rosemary Oliveira - Budget Analyst East Region
Michelle Walters - Budget Analyst Southwest Region
Quiana Milton - Budget Planning Assistant
Katie Reiter - Budget Planning Assistant
Angel Daleccio - Management Intern
Martha Kreitzman - ESEA Coordination & Compliance Manager
Shelley Perkins - ESEA Non-Public Services Supervisor
Brian Terrell - Accountant
Michael Betts - Title I Assistant
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