A school’s budget is calculated by adding the individual funding amounts for every student projected to attend that school in the fall. Additionally, each school also receives a foundation budget to support essential staff.
In FY18, the district increased the total direct appropriations to schools by approximately $2.7 million to $483.2 million through WSF.
WSF is only one component of schools’ funding; total school funding is expected to rise by almost 4% or $25 million in FY18.
For FY18, the seventh year using the WSF formula, BPS continues to refine this need-based method of funding. Student-based allocation models are the standard for transparent and equitable school budgeting. Such models allow dollars to follow students, and those dollars are weighted based on student needs. BPS’s highest-need students receive more resources through the weighted student funding structure.
Help when enrollment declines
When enrollment declines at a school, central office works closely with those schools to appropriately adjust staffing. Particular care was made through this process to make classrooms full so that they are affordable to schools. There are safeguards in place to assist schools with a decline in enrollment, including sustainability allocations and soft landings, as well as other reserves that are used throughout the budgeting process.