budget information

Madison schools are on a mission. We are focused on closing gaps in opportunity and raising achievement for all of our students, and we want every child to graduate ready for college, career and community. Through the efforts outlined in our Strategic Framework, we have built positive momentum and made gap-narrowing progress – and our budget this year is dedicated to forwarding those efforts in every classroom and school across our district.

We thank the Board of Education and community for their overwhelming support of our school district’s referendum, which puts us in a stable financial position. For the first time in three years, we do not have to make significant staff cuts. Despite uncertainty on state and national fronts, we are able to remain focused on our daily work to ensure every child is academically challenged in a safe and supportive environment.

In this budget, you’ll see several key investments to:

  • work that is already underway to solidify the foundation necessary to sustain progress over time.
  • accelerate our work in key areas of progress like early literacy and keeping 9th graders on track.
  • the innovation necessary to advance progress in areas of highest need.
  • our workforce to ensure that we are attracting, developing and retaining a diverse staff that is well prepared to support our students on their path to graduation.
  • maintain favorable class sizes that help our teachers meet students’ individual needs.

Ultimately, we know that our budget is a statement of our priorities. We believe this proposed budget will help us ensure that every child is held to high expectations and receives the support they need to meet and exceed those expectations. We want every school to be a thriving school that prepares every child for college, career and community. We thank the community for supporting us, making this work possible and believing in all of our students.

View or download a summary of the 2017-18 draft preliminary budget


What are the next steps?

After we present the recommendations to our board on Monday, they will discuss the budget at the Operations workgroup meetings on May 8 and June 12.

The Board will hold a special meeting on May 1 where we expect discussion and a vote on health insurance. This portion of the budget is earlier so that we can have time to work with employees on any changes the board votes on before they go into effect.

The Board will take a final vote on the budget on June 26.

See the full budget timeline.


Seeking your input

As we do with each budget development cycle, we would like your feedback on the budget recommendations.


Governor Walker’s state budget proposal

The Governor’s 2017-19 state budget proposal includes increased levels of funding for public schools, yet it also includes a requirement for districts like MMSD to increase our employee premium health insurance contribution in order to receive that state funding.

We believe this is an unnecessary proposal to remove local control in our budget-making decisions. Together, we have worked hard to keep our health insurance costs down while preserving one of the most important benefits for our employees. We are proud of the way that we have worked together with our employees in recent budgets, and we'll continue to take that approach as we learn more about the state budget and develop our own.

Make your voice heard on Governor Walker’s state budget proposal