The proposed budget focuses on equity-based, strategy-driven investment priorities
Salem-Keizer Public Schools Superintendent Christy Perry tonight announced a $1.36 billion proposed budget for the 2022-23 school year. For the second year in the biennium, the budget was developed based on the budget assumption of a $9.3 billion State School Fund set in last year’s legislative session, a beginning fund balance of $95 million, and a general fund contingency of 4.6 percent, which positions the district well to respond strategically and flexibly to unexpected needs that may occur.
The general fund makes up 46 percent of the SKPS operating budget and represents the unrestricted funds for supporting students in classrooms. Totaling $621 million, the general fund includes salaries, supplies and materials, purchased services and associated payroll costs as well as the operating contingencies for unexpected expenses, capital outlay and transfers to restricted funds.
The proposed budget is built on the following strategic focus areas:
- Services to students learning English and increased bilingualism
- Social-emotional supports and safety systems
- Access to rigorous instruction
- Investment in infrastructure
- Braided funds to support strategic, equity-based investments and outcomes
“This budget is strategy-driven and offers a different way to look at the budget rather than simply showing what has changed through a financial lens,” said Superintendent Perry. “We are braiding multiple funding sources together to support equity-based investments to improve student outcomes.”
Like districts across the state, SKPS experienced a decline in enrollment beginning in the 2018-19 school year with a decrease in incoming kindergarten students. Salem-Keizer’s enrollment has declined by approximately 2,000 students since the 2019-20 school year. With the enrollment of students down statewide, this does not affect our projected revenue.
Current districtwide enrollment is approximately 39,500 students with declines at the elementary level and increases at the high school level.
Throughout the 2022-23 school year proposed budget, there has been a focus on braiding funds to support equitable outcomes for all Salem-Keizer students. The proposed budget includes federal ESSER funds, and many positions are funded through this grant. ESSER monies must be expended by September 2024, and strategic financial planning is needed to address future funding challenges.
“There will always be challenges in front of us, but I am confident in our exceptional staff who support our students each and every day,” said Superintendent Perry. “I continue to believe in the hope and promise of our students, our families and our community, and I am proud to lead Salem-Keizer Public Schools.”
Next steps for the proposed budget:
May 17, 2022
Budget Committee deliberations; public comment received*
May 23, 2022
Public comment received*; deliberations on proposed budget until approved/recommended to the school board for adoption
May 24-25, 2022
Tentative (if budget not approved May 23). Public comment may or may not be received*; deliberations on proposed budget until approved/recommended to the school board for adoption; additional meetings may be necessary if proposed budget not approved/recommended to the school board for adoption by May 25
SKPS Board of Directors vote on budget adoption
*Instructions for submitting public comment will be on the district’s website and included in the budget committee meeting agendas on the Budget Committee webpage. Any person may sign up and submit public comment.
The full 2022-23 proposed budget, as well as Superintendent Perry’s full budget message is available for review online.