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City Process

Ways To Get Involved & Informed About the NPS Budget

Calendars

Upcoming Budget-Related Meetings

School Funding at the State Level

City Process

Per the Northampton City Charter: At least 45 days before the beginning of the fiscal year, the mayor shall submit to the city council a proposed operating budget for all city agencies, which shall include the school department, for the ensuing fiscal year with an accompanying budget message and supporting documents. The budget message submitted by the mayor shall explain the operating budget in fiscal terms and in terms of work programs for all city agencies. It shall outline the proposed fiscal policies of the city for the ensuing fiscal year, describe important features of the proposed operating budget and include any major variations from the current operating budget, fiscal policies, revenues and expenditures together with reasons for these changes. The proposed operating budget shall provide a complete fiscal plan of all city funds and activities and shall be in the form the mayor deems desirable; provided, however, that the budget for elected officials shall identify the cost of compensation and the cost of benefits for those officials. The school budget, as adopted by the school committee shall be submitted to the mayor at least 30 days before the submission of the proposed operating budget to the city council. The mayor shall notify the school committee of the date by which the proposed budget of the school committee shall be submitted to the mayor. The mayor and the superintendent of schools shall coordinate the dates and times of the school committee's budget process under the General Laws.

School Committee will have to approve a budget no later than the April 12 scheduled meeting, and could possibly approve by the March 22 scheduled meeting. From there, it goes to the City Council, but by the time it reaches City Council, they can only approve or reject; City Council cannot edit line items/dollar amounts in the budget.

Ways To Get Involved & Informed About the NPS Budget

- Contact School Council/attend School Council meetings (BSS School Council contact form & meeting schedule here)

- Contact your School Committee Representative (including At-Large Representatives) and attend School Committee meetings (contact info & meeting information here)

- Read proposed allocation for BSS FY19 building expenditures & supplemental accounts

- Read previous NPS budgets

NPS & Smith Voc budgets are due by April 17 (School Committee will vote on NPS FY19 budget either March 22 or April 12). Town Hall Budget Meetings begin in late April.  Dates will be posted as it gets closer. FY19 City Budget deadline is June 30, 2018; FY19 begins July 1, 2018.

- Read the FY19 "First Look" & previous Northampton city budgets

- Read the FY19 “First-View Budget”, provide feedback by contacting your School Committee Reps as well as Dr. Provost. They tally all the public comment and take this into account.

Calendars

- School Committee Meeting Calendar

- City of Northampton Meeting Calendar

- Bridge Street School School Council Meeting Calendar

Upcoming Budget-Related Meetings

*School Committee & City Council meetings can be watched live via NCTV

*School Committee & City Council meetings are archived for viewing here and here

Tuesday, January 30, 7:00 pm, JFK Community Room: Joint Meeting of the City Council and School Committee

- Agenda

- View the full meeting here

- No public comment

- Purpose of the meeting is to review the financial condition of the city, revenue and expenditure forecasts and other relevant information prepared by the mayor in order to develop a coordinated budget

Wednesday, February 7, 3:30 pm, Bridge Street School Library: Principal's Chat

Thursday, February 8, 7:15 pm, JFK Community Room: School Committee meeting

- Agenda

- View the full meeting here

- Public comment at beginning of meeting (limited to 3 min. per speaker)

Monday, February 12, 3:30 pm, City Hall Hearing Room: School Committee Budget & Property subcommittee meeting

- Agenda

Wednesday, February 14, 3:30 pm, BSS Conference Room: BSS School Council meeting

- To request specific topics to be added to the agenda, please contact the BSS School Council here

Tuesday, February 27, 7:15 pm, JFK Community Room: School Committee meeting

- Note: Meeting is on Tuesday (not the usual Thursday) as to not occur during February Vacation Week and possibly hinder the attendance of some families

- Agenda

- View the full meeting here

- Superintendent Provost will present the NPS FY19 First-View Budget

- Public comment after budget proposal presentation (limited to 3 min. per speaker)

Monday, March 5, 6:30 pm, BSS Cafeteria: FY19 Budget Meeting and Listening Session for BSS Parents

Please join parent members of the BSS School Council for a Parent Meeting where we will:

- Agenda & slides from meeting

- Notes from meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 6:00 pm, BSS Library: Principal's Chat

Thursday, March 8, 7:15 pm, JFK Community Room: School Committee meeting

- Agenda

- View the full meeting here

- Public comment at beginning of meeting (limited to 3 min. per speaker)

- Introduction & discussion of proposed NPS FY19 proposed budget book

Monday, March 12, 5:30 pm, JFK Community Room: All NPS School Council meeting

- Note: This meeting will replace the regular March BSS School Council meeting

- Dr. Provost & all NPS School Councils will be discussing the FY19 budget

Thursday, March 22, 7:15 pm, JFK Community Room: School Committee meeting

- Agenda 

- View full meeting here

- Public comment at beginning of meeting (limited to 3 min. per speaker)

- Vote on NPS FY19 proposed budget

- Approved FY19 NPS Budget

Wednesday, April 11, 8:35 am, BSS Library: Principal's Chat

Wednesday, April 11, 3:30 pm, BSS Conference Room: School Council meeting

- To request specific topics to be added to the agenda, please contact the BSS School Council here

Thursday, April 12, 7:15 pm, JFK Community Room: School Committee meeting

- Agenda

- View full meeting here

- Public comment at beginning of meeting (limited to 3 min. per speaker)

Northampton Town Hall Budget Meetings, Public Budget Hearings, and discussion at City Council will begin. Dates will be posted as it gets closer. FY19 begins July 1, 2018.

Northampton Town Hall Budget Meeting schedule:

Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 pm, Lilly Library (Florence)

Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 pm, Northampton Senior Center

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm, Leeds Elementary School

School Funding at the State Level

- Boston Globe article about Gov. Baker's proposed public education funding

- Gov. Baker's 1/23 State of the Commonwealth Address

- WBUR breakdown of How School Funding Works in Massachusetts

Here's how to contact Governor Baker to let him know what you think about how he's allocating state money to fund our public schools.

Contact Diana Szynal (Rep. Peter Kocot’s District Director) to advocate for better public school funding at the state level:

Contact the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education to advocate for better funding for NPS at the state level: