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Public Invited to Give Input on FY16 School Budget
Posted on 01/13/2015
Submitted by nacelt on Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:48

The public is invited to participate in a Town Hall meeting about the development of the Portland Public Schools’ fiscal year 2016 budget. The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lyman Moore Middle School library.

The Town Hall meeting on the budget is an opportunity for parents and other community members to give their input on budgeting priorities for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Portland Public Schools also has created an online Neighbor-to-Neighbor Budget Toolkit to encourage public participation in the development of the FY16 school budget.

This online tool can be used by groups of neighbors, parents, co-workers, friends, family members and other community residents as an easy way to participate in the budget process.  Individuals also can use the Budget Toolkit.

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk urged parents and other community members to participate in both of these budget forums.

“One of my core beliefs is that it takes an entire community to ensure the success of our public schools,” Caulk said. “Building a budget is a community enterprise that reflects our community’s values and our support for public education. One of the most important investments a community can make is in the future of its children. You also invest in the future of this city by investing in our children. Our city deserves a world-class system of great schools.”

The Town Hall meeting on the FY16 budget will begin with the superintendent giving a brief overview of the district’s overarching goals. Following that introduction, there will be two breakout sessions focused on the district’s top priorities for the coming year: strengthening the core academic program, stimulating progress for all learners, driving innovation and investing in infrastructure. Participants may give input on the topic of their choice at each breakout session. Each session will last for about a half-hour.

The Budget Toolkit can be reached through this link – /cms/One.aspx?portalId=1094237&pageId=7045466– or can be found on the homepage of the PPS website, www.portlandschools.org.

The toolkit includes a brief introductory video by the superintendent that explains the budgeting process; a budget timeline; frequently asked questions; and charts showing the district’s major revenue sources and major expense categories. The toolkit also has suggested discussion questions related to the budget and an email address (superintendent@portlandschools.org) for submitting notes from a group’s budget discussions.

“Our goal is to become the best small urban school district in the country by 2017,” Caulk said. “I encourage community residents to join us in the development of the FY 2016 budget as we work toward meeting that goal.”


Portland Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk gives a budgeting process
overview in a video that is part of the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Budget Toolkit.