American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding
We need your input to help us decide how to invest American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding over the next two years as we address student needs resulting from the pandemic. The newest Balancing Act tool gives you the ability to select your top 10 priorities and rank them in order of importance. You may also provide feedback and comments on the selected priorities. Thank you for taking the time to use your voice and share your thoughts by Wednesday, June 22nd!
2022-23 School Year Budget
In developing our budget for the 2022-23 school year, we continue to align our work to the Strategic Plan for both short-term and long-term success while adjusting to the needs of our students and staff, as well as new regulations and mandates. Specifically, the proposed budget includes the following priorities:
Together, we can continue Building Our Future – Stronger Together.
- Engaging our families and communities, as strong school communities engender strong students, lead to academic success and prepare children for active citizenship and successful careers. We continue to engage the public to participate in the budget process Districtwide with Balancing Act, and in our school buildings with seven schools in their second year of Participatory Budgeting and the incorporation of participatory budgeting in high school civics course curriculum.
- Embedding culturally responsive practices in all that we do, bridging the gap between what students learn in the classroom from their studies and their teachers, and what they experience in the community. Our day-to-day interactions will encourage and embrace the wonderful diversity of our school communities.
- Providing dynamic, rigorous curriculum and instruction, which includes personalized project-based learning at every grade level to ensure our students graduate prepared for a successful transition into higher education, careers, and active citizenship. These initiatives span all grades from an Early Literacy Initiative for our youngest learners to expanding our Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs for high school students. Additionally, we will continue to provide intensive mathematics supports, early literacy, project-based learning, and extensive summer school programming to ensure acceleration and remediation opportunities for all students.
- Recruiting, developing, supporting, and retaining the most effective diverse staff who play a vital role in the growth and success of our children. We are strengthening partnerships with teacher prep programs, investing in high-quality professional development and continuing a CTE pathway for urban teachers to grow our own future teacher and leader staff from our SCSD graduates. These past two years demonstrated the immense passion and integrity of our instructional staff and I pledge to honor their hard work with professional development and support.
- Safety and Security of children and staff is paramount. We are exploring ways to increase and improve security in our buildings. We will continue providing transportation to all K-8 students at one mile. Each school building is equipped with personal protective equipment for students and staff, air purifiers in classrooms, additional sanitizing tools, and trifold desktop partitions. In addition, our Health Services department continues efforts to ensure that our medical professionals have the resources needed.
Proposed 2022-23 General Fund Expense Summary
Get Involved: Balancing Act
This Balancing Act tool
provides major categories of District revenues and expenses, including explanations and dollar amounts. You have the ability to increase and decrease most categories with one click and provide comments on areas where you think we should spend more or less. Thank you for taking the time to use your voice and advocate for the children in Syracuse!
Where Does the Money Go?
Be an advocate! Join us in contacting local delegates to ask for additional funding: syracusecityschools.com/advocate