Public Input Sought on District Budget Parameters and Scenarios for 2016-2017 School Year

2016-17 School Budget Community Meetings
Atlanta Public Schools will host four community meetings to gain feedback on the proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year.

By Seth Coleman

Atlanta Public Schools is continuing to advance through the district’s budgeting process, which began in September 2015, with the development of the budget parameters for the 2016-2017 school year. Now the district needs feedback from you.

During the March 7  Atlanta Board of Education meeting, APS Chief Financial Officer Robert Morales presented a plan to board members that aligns spending with the budget parameters and various budget scenarios. APS has scheduled four public hearings to provide more details on the district’s budget-building process and receive public comment on its Fiscal Year 2017 General Fund Budget scenarios.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 10 6-7 p.m. Therrell High School Auditorium
3099 Panther Trail, SW
Thursday, March 17 6-7 p.m. Sylvan Hills Middle School Auditorium
1461 Sylvan Road, SW
Thursday, March 24 6-7 p.m. North Atlanta High School Auditorium
4111 Northside Parkway, NW
Thursday, March 31 6-7 p.m. Inman Middle School Auditorium
774 Virginia Avenue, NE

The Fiscal Year 2017 budget is expected to be presented to board members for tentative adoption on Monday, April 11.

“This is an opportunity for you to learn the basics of our budgeting process, receive an overview of our current budget challenges and parameters, and provide your feedback,” Morales said. “Our goal is to facilitate a transparent and well-organized budget development process as part of the larger commitment to provide a world-class education to all students.”

For more information on the proposed budget parameters and scenarios, click here.

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