Budget Department

2019-20 School Year Budget

In developing our budget for the 2019-20 school year, we have specifically linked resource allocation with student need and the expected impact on student achievement.  Specifically, the budget includes funding for the following priorities:
  1. Engaging Families and Communities, as strong school communities engender strong students and lead to academic success

  2. Implementing Culturally Responsive Education and Restorative Practices, which help bridge the gap between what students learn in the classroom and what they experience in the community.

  3. Providing dynamic, rigorous curriculum and instruction, which includes personalized learning at every grade level to ensure our students graduate prepared for a successful transition into higher education, careers, and active citizenship. These initiatives include an Early Literacy Initiative for our youngest learners and our growing Career and Technical Education Programs for our high school students.

  4. Recruiting, developing, supporting, and retaining the most effective diverse staff who play a vital role in the growth and success of our children.

  5. Robust Academic and Social-Emotional Supports including continued support for Academic Intervention Teachers, Social Work Assistants and other staff to ensure that we are adequately able to address the issues that are hindering students from achieving academic success.

  6. Enhanced Home to School Transportation, which will increase the number of students who are eligible for busing. This initiative includes additional busing for our Kindergarten through 8th grade students residing between one and one and one half miles from their schools. This change is contingent on state legislation to adjust Transportation Aid, which would fund transportation for all Kindergarten through 8th grade students at 1 mile instead of 1.5 miles.

Adopted 2019-20 General Fund Expense Summary

Get Involved: Balancing Act

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We welcome you to provide your insights on the 2020-21 budget with the Balancing Act tool. This platform provides major categories of school district revenues and expenses with explanations and dollar amounts to provide you with an overview of our proposed budget. You have the ability to increase and decrease most of the categories with a click and cast your vote on where to invest more and where to spend less. Every year we look for efficiencies and cost savings while balancing rising costs of operating our schools and needing to cultivate academic achievement and growth. With your insight we believe we can develop a more transparent and informed budget to better serve the students and families of Syracuse.
Please accept this invitation to learn more about the Syracuse City School District's $465 million dollar adopted budget and tell us what changes you would like to see. Thank you for taking the time to voice your opinion and to cast your vote advocating for the children in Syracuse.


Where Does The Money Go?

Budget Pie Graph


2019-20 Budget Timeline

2/13/19     Proposed Budget Presentation
3/6/19       Public Hearing and Community Forum at Henninger High School (rescheduled to 4/3/19 due to weather)
3/12/19     Public Hearing
3/13/19     Board Approval of Proposed Budget
3/29/19     State Legislative Aid
4/3/19       Public Hearing and Community Forum at Henninger High School
4/10/19     State Aid Overview & Adopted Budget presented to BOE
4/24/19     Board Adoption of Final Budget
4/30/19     Public Hearing on City and School District Budget
5/1/19       Presentation to the Common Council

2019-20 Budget Documents

2019-20 Amended Budget Book

2019-20 Adopted Budget Book

2019-20 Adopted Budget Presentation

2019-20 Proposed Budget Book

2019-20 Proposed Budget Presentation

2019-20 Special Aid Fund Book

Questions or comments regarding the Proposed Budget may be submitted through Let's Talk

2019-20 New York State Funding Transparency Forms

2019-20 Transparency Forms Parts A-E
2019-20 Transparency Form Part F