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In light of the potential for further disruption due to the MCTS job action, yellow-bus transportation will be available for students who have been using the transit system to get to summer school programs. The service will begin Monday, July 6 and run through Friday, July 10 — or longer if needed. Please look for a postcard this weekend with information on your child’s bus stop. Your child’s summer school can also let you know the location of your child’s bus stop. Read more.

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Financial Planning and Budget Services

2015-16 Superintendent's Proposed Budget

 

Includes more support for attendance efforts, reading/math interventions and after-school activities while maintaining art/music/PE commitment, school support teachers and parent coordinators
 
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:

  • Reallocating and repurposing resources to provide maximum support to schools and students: Eighty-seven cents of every dollar in the school operation fund (87%) would go directly to staff and supplies for educating students, up from 86% in the current year budget.
  • Maintaining MPS’ commitment to arts, music and physical education along with school support teachers and parent coordinators: MPS will continue to fund the additional 100-plus art, music and PE positions added over the last three years as well as a school support teacher and parent coordinator for every school
  • Creating a new high school “region”: MPS schools are divided into regions to provide systematic support for schools and the new high school “region” would group high schools together in a single region to develop strategies that meet high schools’ unique needs.
  • Additional funding for efforts to improve attendance: Students with attendance problems are less likely to graduate from high school and more likely to drop out. The district will support a series of initiatives from grades K4-12 with the goal of improved student performance through increased attendance.
  • Funding for part-time staff to assist with reading and math interventions: Early signs show that the academic achievement gap is closing in some of our schools, but the changes are not happening quickly enough nor are they impacting enough students. More support in reading and math is designed to accelerate improvement.
  • Additional support for after-school activities: The budget includes additional funding to support student participation in clubs, associations and organizations.
  • Increasing safety aides to support a rapid response team: School safety is a high priority for MPS and to help ensure that students and staff are prepared for any emergency situation, additional safety aide positions are budgeted for 2015-16.

“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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00 - 2015-16 Transmittal Letter

Provides an overview of the Superintendent's thoughts and the process behind the 2015-16 Proposed Budget.

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01 - 2015-16 Table of Contents

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.

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Budget in Brief

02 - 2015-16 Budget in Brief

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.

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District Overview

03 - 2015-16 District Overview

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.

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Financial

04 - 2015-16 Financial

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.

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Capital and Debt

05 - 2015-16 Capital and Debt

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.

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Schools

06 - 2015-16 Schools

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.

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07 - 2015-16 Central Services

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.

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Supplemental

08 - 2015-16 Supplemental Information

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.

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Line Items

09 - 2015-16 Line Items

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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News to Use

Kicking off Financial Capability Month

Now more than ever it is important to ensure that all students are ready for college and careers. A critical component of this readiness is financial capability.

For more information on financial capability, see the following resource at MyMoney.gov, a compendium of information, as gathered by the Congressionally chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission, which is made up of more than 20 Federal entities that are coordinating and collaborating to strengthen financial capability and increase access to financial services for all Americans.


 

The Office of Finance ensures the financial stability and fiscal integrity of MPS. The Office of Finance:

  • Safeguards and acts as the steward of the District's assets;
  • Ensures the organization has a system of adequate financial internal controls;
  • Ensures organizational compliance with various legal and statutory requirements;
  • Provides reliable and relevant financial and budgetary information to all District and community stakeholders to for the basis of sound fiscal and operational decisions and to build community support;
  • Advises the Superintendent on financial matters, compliance, efficiencies, investments, and strategy.

We are dedicated to the success of our students and the communities where they live and play.


Let Your Voice Be Heard

Public Meetings on the Proposed Budget are tentatively scheduled for the following:

  • May 5 at 6:30 p.m., Committee Level
  • May 12 at 6:30 p.m., Committee Level
  • May 14 at 6:30 p.m., Statutory Public Hearing
  • May 28 at 6:30 p.m., Full Board Meeting

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Financial Planning and Budget Services

Central Services - Rooms 1 and 2

5225 W. Vliet Street - Milwaukee, WI 53208

Financial Planning and Budget Services Contact Information:

Main: 414-475-8543
Fax: 414-475-8104
Email: budget@milwaukee.k12.wi.us


Senior Director

Shannon Gordon - Senior Director of Financial Planning and Budget Services

Gordonss@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8249

 

Tom Back - Budget Specialist

Backtj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8223

James Johnson - Senior Budget Analyst

Johnsojk@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8142

Lynn Ruhl - Senior Budget Analyst

Ruhllc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8894

Mary Barnum - Budget Analyst High School Region

Barnummc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8386

Seemi Daniel - Budget Analyst Southwest Region

Daniels@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-773-9805

Marquez Guzman - Budget Analyst Central Region

Guzmanml@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8109

Rosemary Oliveira - Budget Analyst Northwest Region

Oliveirk@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8138

Michelle Walters - Budget Analyst East Region

Waltermm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8101

Quiana Milton - Budget Planning Assistant

Miltonql@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8543

Katie Reiter - Budget Planning Assistant

Reiterke@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8141

Angel Daleccio - Management Intern

Dalecca@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-777-7802

Martha Kreitzman - Title I Coordinator

Kreitzmj@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-773-9820

Shelley Perkins - Title I Supervisor

Perkinss@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8122

Michael Betts - Information Specialist

Bettsm@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-773-9867

Brian Terrell - Accounting Specialist

Terrelbg@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-773-9946

Cynthia Mendoza - Secretary II

Mendozca@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

414-475-8851

 

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