Smarter School Spending - 3: Pay for Priorities
Current resources and expenditures must be thoroughly analyzed in order to find capacity to pay for top instructional priorities.
- Developing a Staffing Analysis
- Developing a Cost of Service Analysis
- Developing a process to prioritize spending
- Weighing trade-offs between costs and benefits
A. Apply cost analysis to the budget process.
A cost analysis and staffing analysis are essential to identifying how the district might allocate its limited resources.
B. Evaluate & prioritize use of resources to enact the instructional priorities.
Instructional priorities need to be thoroughly quantified as a first step to determining how much money is needed to implement the priorities and where that money will come from.
Trade-offs need to be weighed to examine whether the costs, financial or otherwise, of implementing an instructional priority are viable.