At the Jan. 5 Board of Education meeting, the APS Leadership Team presented a detailed 2015-16 readopted budget for consideration. The Board is likely to make a decision on approving the budget at its Jan. 19 meeting. I would like to provide you with an update on the readopted budget and what changes you can expect to see.
It is normal to present a readopted budget each year. There were several factors that affected our current re-adoption process. Although our student enrollment increased by 79 this year, excluding charter and preschool students, we were 614 students below our Spring 2015 enrollment projections. In addition, other enrollment factors affected our budget. These included:
- A decline in the percentage of the district’s at-risk student population.
- An increase in charter school enrollment requiring a larger allocation of revenues from the general fund to charter schools.
Together, these adjustments resulted in the district needing to reduce $15.3 million in expenditures from the APS general fund. These expenditure reductions will be used to offset the net decrease in available resources and increase the district’s unassigned reserve.
Because our top priority is accelerating learning for every student, every day, the APS Leadership Team was determined to keep budget cuts from happening in schools or classrooms. Instead, we made our cuts at the district level, which include the Board of Education, divisions of Accountability and Research, Equity in Learning, Finance, Human Resources, Superintendent and Support Services. $15.3 million is a significant amount of money, which will force us to think differently about how we use our remaining resources during the rest of this academic year.
The APS Board of Education and Leadership Team are committed to supporting our students, parents and staff. We believe these budgetary actions do just that.
We thank you for your continued dedication and all you do to help our students shape successful futures.
Aurora Public Schools
“My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day. I do my job by making sure we have the right people, doing the right work, with the right resources in the right way. My community needs me to do my job.”