Budget Department

2021-22 School Year Budget

In developing our budget for the 2021-22 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 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 implementing Participatory Budgeting.
  2. 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.
  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 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. This year we are adding intensive mathematics supports and extensive summer school programming to ensure acceleration and remediation opportunities for all 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. We are strengthening partnerships with teacher prep programs, investing in high-quality professional development and opening a CTE pathway for urban teachers to grow our own future teacher and leader staff with SCSD graduates. This past year demonstrated the immense passion and integrity of our instructional staff and I pledge to honor their hard work with professional development and support.
  5. 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, and trifold desktop partitions. Our maintenance staff is trained on CDC sanitizing protocols. In addition, I am increasing the staff and supply budget for our Health Services department to ensure that our medical professionals have the resources needed.

Learn more about SCSD's legislative funding requests: syracusecityschools.com/funding

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2022-23 Budget Timeline

2/9/22 Proposed Budget Presentation
2/16/22 Possible Public Budget Hearing
2/28/22 Possible Public Budget Hearing
3/2/22 Possible Public Budget Hearing
3/9/22 Board Approval of Proposed Budget
3/31/22 State Legislative Aid
4/20/22 State Aid Overview & Adopted Budget presented to BOE
4/27/22  Board Adoption of Final Budget
TBD Presentation to the Common Council
TBD Public Hearing on City and School District Budget


2021-22 Budget Documents

2020-21 Special Aid Fund Book

2021-22 Adopted Budget Book

2021-22 Adopted Budget Presentation

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