Budget community forum

Arlington Public Schools is facing the need for making future budget reductions to take effect next year. Our district has strong financial management and has maintained a healthy fund balance, but several issues combined are making budget reductions necessary:

·         Pandemic-induced federal and state aid are ceasing

·         Enrollment is recovering more slowly than hoped

·         The district has continued to provide high levels of services many of which were previously bolstered by federal/state aid

·         On the heels of this pandemic, the Board directed fund balance be used as 'rainy-day-one-time-funds' in order to continue to mitigate the impacts and accelerate learning, even as costs are rising, rather than a formal reduction in staff for 2022-23

·         We estimate dipping into minimum reserves by roughly half, by the end of 2022-23

·         State funding models (reformulated by the legislature in 2018) continues to lead to funding gaps

·         The district is working to make comprehensive reductions across the district to take effect for 2023-24 (the year after this one)

·         There are many priorities of great magnitude and difficult decisions will need to be made to right-size the budget

Community engagement is important for feedback on values and priorities to help inform the decision-making process. Please join us for the Budget Community Forum on Feb 28, 2023 at Post Middle School and April 11, 2023 at Eagle Creek Elementary School at 6 p.m.

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