A School District Budget Toolkit

Help for Your Budget Woes

School District Budget Toolkit

In a recent survey, AASA members asked for budget help in these tough economic times. Check out AASA's new budget toolkit, for examples of best practices in reducing expenditures, ideas for creating a transparent budget process, wisdom on budget presentation, and suggestions for garnering and maintaining public support for the district's budget. The toolkit contains real-life examples of how districts large and small have managed to navigate rough financial waters and offers encouragement anyone currently stuck in the rapids.

This toolkit is available to AASA members only. If you forgot your password click here. If you are not a member, become a member today! To order a copy of the Toolkit contact Sonnie Lee at slee@aasa.org.

Download the complete toolkit (PDF).

Introduction

Letter from AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech (PDF)

How To Reduce Expenditures

9 Specific Ways You Can Save Money (PDF)

How To Increase Transparency in Communication with Community

10 Tactics to Build Transparency and Trust (PDF)

How To Garner and Maintain Public Support

Making Lemonade in Bad-Budget Times (PDF)

First-Person Case Study

A New Superintendent Braves a Rough Budget Climate and Builds Understanding In the Process (PDF)

How To Present a Budget

Check out these examples (PDF)

School Solutions Center Offers Savings, Benefits

A New Superintendent Braves a Rough Budget Climate and Builds Understanding In the Process (PDF)

Commonly Outsourced School Services

Review examples of schools that have found savings through outsourcing (PDF)

Combining School Services

New York's BOCES system (PDF)

Other Budget Resources

Funding Re-design in Rochester (NY) City School District

Presentation for School Board Study Session, January 2011(PDF)