BPS Budget Information

BPS Budget FAQs

  • What is the timeline for the development of the 2019-20 Budget?
    • BPS provided an initial communication to staff and families on March 13.
    • Meetings with staff will take place throughout the month of March and early April.
    • Groups within the district will learn more about the process from in-person meetings with representatives of the Central Leadership Team throughout April.
    • Scheduling decisions and other planning will take place in April.
    • Recommendations on any reductions will be completed by the end of April.
    • Based on Board feedback, the District will begin implementing recommendations with a goal of changes for the 2019-20 school year throughout May.
    The District must have a budget prepared and adopted by the Board of Education for the 2019-20 school year by June 30, 2019. This requirement will be met, and we anticipate having a solid budget in place at the June 18 Regular Board of Education meeting.

    Do we hire anyone to help us accurately predict enrollment from year to year?

    BPS contracts with Plante Moran to provide detailed forecasting of enrollment numbers. As is standard in the industry, Plante Moran provides us with an analysis within 1 percent (+/-). However, 1 percent of our approximately 8,000 students is about 80 students. While the analysis was within the promised 1 percent, this decline resulted in a loss of nearly $1 million.

    What is our breakdown of residents that attend private or parochial students?

    The District competes with 19 private and parochial schools in the area. As the economy improves, our area sees a trend in movement toward these other options. While this number was about 23 percent of K-12 students attending a private or parochial a few years ago, the improved economy has shifted to currently 25 percent or about 2,000 students.

    Will this affect my child’s class size?

    We are committed to focusing on reductions that have as little impact as possible to our students. We are aware of the positive effects of smaller class sizes on students’ growth and development and continue to keep that in mind as we work through budget decisions.

    Are there ways the District can raise revenues to help with the deficit?
    Public schools have limited options around revenues. A majority of our funding is determined at the state and local levels. There are a few ways that public schools can increase revenues:
    • Funding for school district is directly linked to student enrollment. An increase in student enrollment can provided additional revenues.
    • There are limited ways through the administration of non-essential prek-12 services
    o Community Education programs and camps
    o Preschool enrollments
    o Fees on non-essential prek-12 services
    Ultimately, enrollment is the principal driver for revenues on an annual basis for a public school district.

    Why is the District resurfacing both Seaholm and Groves stadium turfs this summer?
    Due to safety concerns, it was vital that the District work to address field turf at both Seaholm and Groves football stadiums this summer. The District is utilizing funds from the restricted High School Stadiums fund, which uses money generated from cell tower leases, plus next year’s lease revenues, for the purpose of maintaining our high school stadiums. While it will not cover the full cost of both turf replacements, it will provide approximately $933,000, plus next year’s revenue, toward the $1.36 million estimated cost. Some additional monies will be used to address goal post structural deficiencies and the addition of turf between the endzones and track at Groves High School.

    How are we able to make improvements in our buildings given the financial picture in the District?
    You may have seen work done on the Derby roof, the Quarton parking lot or other small projects at various buildings throughout the District this year. In 2015, voters supported a Bond, which allowed the District to make improvements on facilities following a Facility Needs Survey. Bond monies cannot be used to pay for operating costs like salaries or busing, but is earmarked for ‘bring and motor’ type facility improvements.

    What are you considering as you seek efficiencies within the budget?
    All options are being considered at this time. Our focus is around limiting impact to our students and classrooms, but work may be done to ensure best practices are being met in all areas.

    Have another question?

    Email budget@birmingham.k12.mi.us with questions, comments or for more information.