Learn How Budgets Work at SPPS

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  • The details of the SPPS operating budget and the various school and program budgets can be overwhelming for those who don't routinely work with funding.  However, the basics are straight forward and provide a good starting point for anyone interested in how SPPS develops and manages its budgets.

    The district receives funding from a variety of sources, and this all contributes to the overall operating budget, the starting point for most money in SPPS. To learn more about where this money comes from and how SPPS uses it, see district budgeting

    Each school recieves its funding from the district's operating budget; this is the foundation for the schools' individual budgets. Schools may qualify for additional funding for programs like special educaiton or Title I based on student demographics.  Schools may also seek grant funding to add programs or services to promote student success. Grants are generally small and focus on a specific goal; they account for a very small percentage of funding in SPPS. To learn more about this process, see school-based budgeting.

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    School-based Budgeting

    Each spring, school administrators are given a budget based on the demographics of the students they serve. Learn more about how schools decided how to spend their budget.

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    School District Budgeting

    Saint Paul Public Schools' annual budget is more than $750 million. Learn more about where the money comes from and how it is spent.