You are the principal of a medium-sized high school in the suburbs of a large city. You are aware of a significant budget
crisis looming throughout the state and are not overly surprised when you receive a call from the Superintendent to attend an emergency District Leadership Team Meeting. Upon arrival at the meeting, you are handed the following memo:
Subject: Immediate Budget
As a result of significant budget
reductions from the state Department of Education, this district will have to cut 20% of its maintenance and operations budget
allocations and 30% of their soft capital budgets
. Obviously, these reductions will significantly impact your current programming.
Action: All building principals are directed to go back to their respective campuses, collaborate with their school leadership teams and develop a comprehensive plan on how to accomplish these reductions from their existing operating budgets
Use the table below to address the budgetary issues .
For some reason the table cant format on this-- I will send it as a resource
1st part of this assignment is to complete the Budget
Reduction Plan (Table I will send in resource)
You are a principal who has been told by the superintendent to cut the school budget
. Complete School Budget
Table to fully develop a budget
reduction plan that addresses the budget
cuts required by the superintendent. Also, in essay form Identify and describe the primary sources of revenue available to your school. (Trenton Public School District in New Jersey)
Maintenance and operations budget
Soft Capital budget
Identify the primary items paid for with each of the above mentioned sources of revenue.
Identify the source of each revenue stream (e.g., the maintenance and operations budget
is funded by the state on a per-student basis from primary property tax; bonds are levies voted on by the community and paid for through a secondary property tax).
Identify the primary use of each source of revenue (e.g., the maintenance and operations budget
is used to pay salaries or purchase consumable instructional supplies).
Identify what, if any, limitations are placed on each source of revenue (e.g., soft capital dollars cannot be used for salaries or stipends).
Identify which of the items above could be cut to meet the district requirements and from which revenue streams. Place your suggested cuts in the three areas below: Priority 1 will be cut first and Priority 3 will be cut last. Identify those cuts that afford the least impact to student learning.
Priority 1 areas
Priority 2 areas
Priority 3 areas
Part 2 of Paper-Justification : (This should transition from part 1)
Identify those in a school who might be included in and excluded from the budgetary decision-making process. These persons would comprise a stakeholder team. Provide a rationale as to why you included/excluded each.
Discuss your justification for the items you choose to remove from the school budget
and how you will meet the district requirements as you implement your plan of action. Consider the following:
How your plan will ensure that the appropriate stakeholders were involved in the process.
How your plan will be implemented.
How you identified the programs to be preserved.
How your plan ensures the continued educability of all in spite of the budget
How your plan continues to embrace the district’s vision of high standards of learning.
How your plan will be communicated effectively to staff, parents, students, and community members.
How your plan will determine the effectiveness of the cuts over time.
How your plan identifies alternative sources of funding to replace the funding lost.
I’d like both parts of the assignment to transition into each other, but I’d also like reader to distinguish separation between the two parts of the assignment . I’d like as much information and data as possible to be relevant to Trenton Public School Disrtict in Trenton, New Jersey.
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