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Background Information

The majority of school-based budgets in Academy District 20 (ASD20) are based upon student enrollment at the particular school and the amount the District allocates to schools per student. The District differentiates the per student funding amount for each school according to level. Currently, discretionary school budgets are based upon $156.50 per student at the elementary level, $184.50 per student at the middle level, and $222.50 per student at the high school level. It is important to note that Briargate Preschool, Home School Academy, Journey K8, and Village High School are funded with flat dollar amounts as a result of their unique characteristics.

As a result of the site-based nature of ASD20, principals determine how to best utilize these discretionary dollars to meet the needs of their particular school communities. Some individual school characteristics such as age of building, student eligibility for free/reduced lunch, level of choice, etc. are not factored into school funding allocations.

During the 2021-2022 school year, a committee was charged with recommending to the Superintendent a system to share building rental fiscal resources with school sites unable to be rented. In the committee’s recommendation to the Superintendent, a system for sharing building rental resources was recommended that was subsequently implemented. In their final report, the committee recommended that a broader discussion be conducted to review the process by which fiscal resources are allocated to schools to account for individual school characteristics such as age of school, level of student choice, free/reduced lunch status, etc., in order to create a distribution of resources throughout the District that accounts for varying levels of need. 

Goal Statement

The School Resource Allocation Committee is charged by the Superintendent to use the collaborative input model to study current school allocation methods and develop recommendations concerning any new allocation strategies that factor in differences across schools. The committee is expected to examine various individual school characteristics, including but not limited to, age of building, programming, enrollment, and student need to determine the characteristics that are applicable and impactful to the scope of the Superintendent’s charge.


Committee membership includes:

  • 1 ASD20 community patron (not a current staff member or parent)

  • 4 parents, non-staff members (at least 1 from each level)

  • 6 principals and/or assistant principals (at least 1 from each level)

  • 4 non-administrator licensed staff (at least 1 from each level)

  • 4 classified staff (at least 1 from each level)

  • 2 facilitators (Director for Budget and Finance, Chief Financial Officer)

In addition to the above membership, the following ad-hoc members are present to listen and assist with answering questions of members of the School Resource Allocation Committee:

  • Director for Budget and Finance

  • Chief Operating Officer or designee

  • Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services or designee

  • Administrative Assistant for the Chief Financial Officer, note taker

  • Chief Information Officer or designee


All meetings are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Education and Administration Center.

  • February 7, 2023, First committee meeting

  • February 21, 2023

  • March 14, 2023

  • April 11, 2023

  • April 25, 2023

  • May 16, 2023

  • August 22, 2023

  • September 12, 2023

  • September 26, 2023

  • October 10, 2023

Once initial recommendations are formed, committee work will pause to gather feedback from a variety of stakeholder groups via community forums. Once feedback is gathered, committee work will resume as follows:

  • October 24, 2023

  • November 14, 2023

  • December 12, 2023

It is the goal for co-facilitators of the committee to submit recommendations of the School Resource Allocation Committee to the Superintendent by mid-January 2024.


Please contact Becky Allan or Brian Cortez if you have questions or need additional information.

Allocation Committee Announcements

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