Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 1/24/2023 - 5:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 3. Action on a Request to Approve the Proposed Fiscal Year 2023–2024 Budget Parameters/Priorities
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 3
Effective and Efficient Operations
File Attachment:
Background: Budget parameters will be used in the planning and development of the fiscal year 2023–2024 budget. The parameters help to guide the decisions made during the budget preparation process. The parameters may be necessarily modified based on the resources available.

The budget is driven by the district’s vision, mission, and three goals of academic achievement; student, family, and community engagement; and effective and efficient operations. MPS is dedicated to developing an equitable budget that reflects a commitment to the district’s priorities:
• Increase academic achievement and accountability
• Improve district and school culture
• Develop our staff
• Ensure fiscal responsibility and transparency
• Strengthen communication and collaboration

The following proposed budget parameters/priorities will guide the district to increase access to high-quality educational opportunities and positive, supportive school environments that result in better academic outcomes for students:
1. Allocate equitable educational resources and well-prepared staff to improve students' access to productive instruction
2. Reallocate resources to improve academic achievement by providing small group instruction in the area of literacy/English language arts and literacy/mathematics
3. Prioritize school budgets by adjusting and repurposing educational programming and departmental budgets
4. Allocate resources in the areas of school library, art, music and physical education
5. Create a positive school environment that provides a sense of belonging, is culturally responsive, and provides access to social emotional learning and mental health support
6. Implement strategies to recruit and retain staff including addressing the results of the compensation study
7. Implement salary schedules with a possible cost-of-living increase
8. Consider employee benefit modifications for eligible employees to identify cost savings and increase efficiencies
9. Explore operating efficiencies including those related to district operations such as payroll, professional development, the hiring process and temporary housing for international teachers.
10. Increase the number of site-based production kitchens
11. Implement a kitchen equipment replacement schedule based on an inventory aging report
12. Address deferred maintenance and future construction needs by restoring revenue to the Construction Fund and the Construction Trust
13. Prepare a balanced budget that is based on state law and maximizes the revenue limit
Fiscal Impact Statement: This item does not authorize expenditures. The fiscal impact will depend on later action of the Milwaukee Board of School Directors (Board) in adopting the budget.
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board approve the proposed fiscal year 2023–2024 budget parameters as listed in the item.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Martha Kreitzman - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent