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Budget Development A Community Effort In Fulton City School District

Members of the Fulton community are joining forces with school district officials as the 2015-2016 school budget process unfolds in the coming months.

The collaborative effort kicked off in January as parents, board of education representatives, FCSD administrators and community members came together for a budget committee meeting.

Members of the Fulton City School District Budget Committee listen as Superintendent William Lynch discusses the budget process. The group will meet periodically in the months leading up to the May 19 school budget vote and board of education elections.
Members of the Fulton City School District Budget Committee listen as Superintendent William Lynch discusses the budget process. The group will meet periodically in the months leading up to the May 19 school budget vote and board of education elections.

Facilitated by Superintendent William Lynch, the group outlined spending and revenue goals, reviewed a budget timeline, examined the Regents Reform Agenda, discussed anticipated state aid and explored reserve fund options.

While there are a number of factors that play a role in the development of the spending plan, the superintendent noted that the process is guided largely by board policy.

The proposal is also designed to align with the district’s primary objectives.

“Anything in our budget should support our mission statement and should support our guiding principles,” Lynch said. “We have to be very thoughtful as to how we spend the money we have, and we need to make sure we’re meeting the needs of all learners in the district. We also have to make sure there’s engagement of parents, community members and site teams so there is constant back-and-forth communication.”

Although still early in the budget development process, committee members were encouraged by the school district’s program offerings, the amount of money in the reserve fund, and the district’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.

“As we move forward in the process, we will maximize our use of federal funds; ensure we are meeting mandates; focus on maintaining safe, secure and healthy learning environments; and identify a tax impact that is predictable,” Lynch said.

For important budget dates and related documents, visit www.fulton.cnyric.org/board/budget1516.cfm