Evanston/Skokie District 65 administrators plan to use a new equity funding process to develop their budget for the 2019-20 school year.
“An equity commitment provides and focuses resources on student needs, especially students who have been underserved or marginalized,” Raphael Obafemi, chief financial and operations officer, said in a presentation to the school board Finance Committee Monday night. “It does not mean that every child in the district receives equal dollars.”
The district doesn’t spend equal dollars on all students now — given that some students, including English-language-learners, bilingual students and those with disabilities receive additional funding.
Details on how funds may be reallocated based on the new equity funding approach were not yet available.
For the upcoming 2018-19 school year, Obafemi said, the budget will be based on the district’s priorities and student enrollment.
District priorities include new executive director of black student success, equity coach and community school coordinator positions as well as instructional technology for the middle school Access to Innovate program.
Increases in middle school student enrollment require two additional English-language-learner teachers as well as 3.5 more general education teachers.
Zero-based budgeting will be used for non-personnel expenditures, with reviews and renegotiation of vendor contracts as well as programmatic and capital building needs, Obafemi said.
The draft tentative budget for 2018-19 will be presented to the Finance Committee June 4.