a) For the purposes of the Benchmark Assessment, you are a principal who has been told by the superintendent to cut
the school budget
. The information sheet, ?Budget Cuts
,? located within the Additional Resources folder in Canyon Connect, provides content, context, and tools for completing this assignment, including details about your role as the principal and the School Budget
b) Use the School Budget
Breakdown) as presented in ?Budget Cuts
,? to fully develop a budget
reduction plan that addresses the budget cuts
required by the superintendent. Identify and describe the primary sources of revenue available to your school.
i) Maintenance and operations budget
ii) Capital budget
iii) Soft Capital budget
v) Federal grants
vi) State grants
vii) Title money
ix) Extracurricular fees
x) Tax credits
c) Identify the primary items paid for with each of the above mentioned sources of revenue.
d) 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).
e) 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).
f) Identify what, if any, limitations are placed on each source of revenue (e.g., soft capital dollars cannot be used for salaries or stipends).
g) 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.
i) Priority 1 areas
ii) Priority 2 areas
iii) Priority 3 areas
h) APA format is not required, but solid writing skill in APA style is expected.
2) Justification Essay: Meeting District Requirements
a) 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.
b) Write an essay (1500?1750 words) that discusses 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:
i) How your plan will ensure that the appropriate stakeholders were involved in the process.
ii) How your plan will be implemented.
iii) How you identified the programs to be preserved.
iv) How your plan ensures the continued educability of all in spite of the budget
v) How your plan continues to embrace the district?s vision of high standards of learning.
vi) How your plan will be communicated effectively to staff, parents, students, and community members.
vii) How your plan will determine the effectiveness of the cuts
viii) How your plan identifies alternative sources of funding to replace the funding lost.
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 Cuts
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
Maintenance and Operations Budget
Soft Capital Budget
Item Estimated %of the Budget
Item Estimated % of the Budget
Salaries 80% Athletic Equipment
Administrative Salaries Text Book Adoptions
Support Staff Salaries Technology Equipment
Core Teacher Salaries Furniture and Desks
Elective Teacher Salaries Instructional Equipment
Extra Duty Stipends PE Equipment
Athletic Coaches Stipends
Athletic Dues and Fees
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