DBC Budget Deadlines and Schedules





Preparation of the annual budget will be scheduled in stages throughout the school year with attention to certain deadlines established by law and charter.

The calendar year for budget preparation will be determined by calculating backwards from the final adoption date.

Whatever dates are assigned, the final date for the submission of the budget to the Select Board will be arranged cooperatively with the School Committee and finance committee. The Select Board have authority to impose a date as early as December 31.

In reaching its decision on the budget amount that it will submit to the Select Board, the School Committee will also observe the statutory requirement of holding a public hearing on the proposed budget not less than seven days after the notice for this hearing has been published in a local newspaper.

The School Committee must vote on adoption of the school budget for the next year leaving adequate time for public notice and for final approval at the annual Town Meeting.

Established by law and charter

SOURCE: MASC August 2016

LEGAL REFS.:  M.G.L. 71:38N

Town Charter (See local reference)


Reviewed and edited 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