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The 2021–22 Superintendent's Proposed Budget provides an outline of the district’s current and future financial, organizational and informational position. The budget is intended to achieve the following:
Download the entire 2021–22 Proposed Budget here.
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The Transmittal Letter provides an overview of the thoughts and the process behind the 2021–22 Proposed Budget. A guide to using the budget document is provided to familiarize the reader of the document with the general layout of the budget.
The Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) budget is intended to serve as a policy document, operating guide and
financial plan for the fiscal year. The budget also serves as a communication document for the citizens of
Milwaukee who wish to understand how the school district operates and the methods used to finance those
The purpose of this guide is to familiarize the reader of this document with the general layout of the budget. The
MPS budget is organized into four sections: Executive Summary; Organizational; Financial, including Schools, Central
Services and Line Items; and Informational, including City Profile, MPS Profile and a Glossary.
The following is a brief description of the information included in each section of this document.
The Executive Summary provides summary information on the district's overall budget. The topics are covered in more detail in the subsequent sections.
All items listed in the Introductory table of contents are "interactive". Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
El Presupuesto en pocas palabras proporciona información resumida del presupuesto general del distrito. Los temas se cubren con mayor detalle en las secciones subsecuentes.
Todos los elementos contenidos en el índice del Presupuesto son “interactivos”. Haga clic en un titulo y será enviado a esa página.
The Organizational section of the 2021–22 Proposed Budget includes information on the school district, the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee 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 Organizational table of contents are "interactive". Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The Financial section of the 2021–22 Proposed Budget provides a general narrative as well as detailed information on district revenues and expenditures, forecasts, fund balance, capital and debt.
All items listed in the Financial table of contents are "interactive". Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The Informational section of the 2021–22 Proposed Budget provides detailed information as a context for understanding the information presented in the previous sections. The information is supplemental and valuable to understanding the environment in which MPS operates as a school district.
All items listed in the Informational table of contents are “interactive”. Click on an item and you will be directed to that page.
The referendum supplement includes six priority areas that will be implemented to increase equity and excellence in our schools and promote positive educational, social, and emotional outcomes for our community’s children. On April 7, 2020, the city of Milwaukee voters overwhelmingly approved, by a 78–22% margin, an operational referendum to exceed the state‐imposed revenue limit. MPS received $57 million in FY21 and will receive an additional $20 million in FY22 as part of a four-year model. MPS will receive $84 million in FY23 and $87 million in FY24 from the referendum, and this amount will stay in place.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [P.L. 116–260], also referred to as the federal stimulus package, was enacted on December 27, 2020, and is the federal government’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The stimulus package provides for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.
The ESSER II has become available and districts may start applying and budgeting for these funds. Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) has been allocated $225 million. School districts have until September 30, 2023, to obligate ESSER II funds.
Between March of 2020 and 2021, Congress passed three stimulus bills under ESSER with allocations of funding for school districts. These funds provide emergency financial assistance to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools. The following table summarizes those allocations, the amount of funding that is or will be allocated to MPS and the performance period.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
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Financial Planning and Budget Services Contact Information:
Lynn Ruhl - Director II of Financial Planning and Budget Services
Brian Terrell - Manager I of Financial Planning and Budget Services- City-Wide Region
Seemi Daniel - Financial Planning & Budget Coordinator III / Budget Analyst - Central Region
Ruza Drca -Financial Planning & Budget Coordinator III / Budget Analyst- High School Region
Laiho Leong Ho - Financial Planning & Budget Analyst I- East Region
Michele Wilborn- Financial Planning & Budget Analyst I- Northwest Region
Lia Mueller- Financial Planning & Budget Analyst I- Southwest Region
Shelley Perkins - ESEA Coordination & Compliance Manager II
Joseph Hill- Non-Public Education Services Supervisor I
Mark Lawrence - ESEA Title I Non-Public Coordinator III
Sally Kellman- ESEA Title I Non-Public Coordinator II
Michael Betts - ESEA Assistant II
Cynthia Mendoza - ESEA Administrative Assistant III
Carla Fries - Grant Development Manager I
Denise Fields - Grants Specialist I
Jennifer Butzbach - Grants Coordinator I
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