School budgets delayed again
DCPS has once again put off delivery of budget allocations to individual schools. The allocations, which principals and LSATs are supposed to use to shape their spending plans, were originally due on Jan. 18 but postponed until yesterday. The latest due date is Feb. 1.
The continued delay comes amid the steadily worsening news about the city's financial predicament. Estimates of the District's FY12 revenue gap now top $600 million, according to The Washington Business Journal. DCPS was scheduled to receive its "mark" from the mayor's office -- the initial read on the overall pot of money available--the week before last. It appears as if DCPS, which had already been expecting to absorb a significant dip in school budgets, was trying to keep a bad situation from getting worse. In a memo yesterday to DCPS senior staff and principals, school operations specialist John Petersen said:
"Simply put, we believe that there are still additional dollars that can be found and go to individual school allocations. Our focus throughout this process has been on transparency and making sure schools receive the most possible dollars to maintain their current programs. We are working closely with the DCPS OCFO to get the resources we need to fully support you, your staff, and your students."
Here's the latest updated budget calendar:
1/26/11: Special Education Budget Information Session (at Principals' Academy)
1/28/11: Release of FY12 Budget Guide to Principals
2/1/11: Release of FY12 Initial Budget Allocations to Principals
2/1/11: Community Budget Information Session (Principals do not need to attend)
2/1/11-2/7/11: Technical Assistance Sessions for Principals
2/8/11: Budget Petitions Due
2/11/11: Petition Results Released
2/16/11: Final Budgets Due
2/17-2/25/11: Budget Roundtables (as needed)
2/28-3/4: Principals Share Budgets with School Community
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