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Priorities-Based Budget Process

Frisco ISD leaders worked with trustees, parents, employees and citizens over the course of several months during the 2016-17 school year to evaluate practices and identify ways to better match spending with community expectations.

This Priorities-Based Budget Process was led by a Steering Committee comprised of the District’s Instructional Support Team, and driven by the work of a Stakeholder Committee made up of community and staff members, as well as an internal Working Group. This process provided valuable insight and generated numerous ideas to cut costs and generate revenue, many of which were recommended by District leaders for inclusion in the 2017-18 budget. Many ideas may still be implemented in future years.

The entire process was driven by the principles, goals and vision outlined below. Reoccurring themes were to maintain a focus on teaching and learning and continue to invest in quality teachers.

You can find meeting minutes, videos and other resources on this website. 

Budget Principles

  • Ensure development and maintenance of the instructional program at the highest possible level of excellence while addressing the needs created by growth in the student population

  • Allocate personnel units in a manner that will maintain the effective and efficient practices adopted by the District

  • Prioritize the distribution of funds to address the needs of the District in relation to both the academic and operational functions of the District

  • Meet the community standards and goals and objectives adopted by the Board of Trustees

  • Maintain the District's efforts to continue as one of the top-rated school districts in the state

Budget Goals & Vision

  • A successful priorities-based budget process will result in a balanced and sustainable budget that is aligned with the District’s mission to know every student by name and need.

  • Throughout this process, our focus will be on student learning and we will be cautious not to be short-sighted in the long-term impact of our decisions.

  • FISD will build support for this initiative with staff and the community by listening, encouraging input and maintaining transparency.

  • As a District, our priorities are to:

    • Recruit, retain and support an effective teacher in every classroom and an effective principal in every school.

    • Protect the classroom by guiding and supporting high levels of learning for all students.

    • Commit to the whole child by providing social, emotional, physical and academic support.

    • Provide a safe, secure and well-maintained learning environment.

    • Continue to maximize student opportunities through the small schools model.

  • As part of the budget development process, we will work to reduce or eliminate spending in areas that do not align with our identified priorities.

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