The annual budget is the financial expression of the educational values, goals and program objectives of the school district to meet the needs of all students.

The budget then is more than just a financial instrument and requires on the part of the Committee, the staff, and the community, an orderly and cooperative effort to ensure sound fiscal practices for achieving the educational goals and objectives of the school system.

Public school budgeting is regulated and controlled by legislation, state regulations, and local School Committee requirements.  The operating budget for the school system will be prepared and presented in line with state policy and will be developed and refined in accordance with these same requirements.

The Superintendent will serve as budget officer but they may delegate portions of this responsibility to members of their staff, as they deem appropriate.  The three general areas of responsibility for the Superintendent as budget officer will be budget preparation, budget presentation, and budget administration.

SOURCE:  MASC August 2016

LEGAL REFS.:  M.G.L. 71:34; 71:37 and 71:38N


Reviewed and edits made by Shutesbury Policy Committee: 01/18/18

Reviewed, edited and approved by Shutesbury Policy Committee: 03/15/18

First Reading by Shutesbury School Committee: 04/26/18

Second Reading, First Vote by Shutesbury School Committee: 05/17/18

Final Vote by Shutesbury School Committee: 06/20/18