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DB - Annual Budget

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Adopted: October 2, 2014
Amended: N/A

The annual budget is the financial expression of the educational programs and the priorities of the school district.

The budget then is more than just a financial instrument and requires cooperation on the parts of the School Committee, the administrative staff, and the community to ensure sound fiscal practices for achieving the educational goals and objectives of the school district.

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

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

Legal References:

MGL 71:34; 71:37; 71:38N

Hopkinton Town Charter

Adapted Reference:

MASC Model Policies

School Committee Policies