District releases balanced $1.2 billion proposed 2018-19 budget

May 3, 2018

Milwaukee Public Schools’ administration released the Superintendent’s Proposed FY19 Budget on Friday, April 27, 2018. For the past four months, the district has worked to close a $30 million budget gap to keep budget cuts as far away from the classroom as possible.

“Stagnant revenue, rising health care costs, and declining enrollment all contributed to a financial shortfall that make this a very difficult budget year,” said MPS Chief Financial Officer Thomas Conjurski. “The administration examined a number of different options, based on budget parameters from the Milwaukee Board of School Directors.”

Under the Proposed FY19 Budget, eighty-eight cents of every dollar goes to support schools, students, and the largest group of district employees – teachers. Seven cents supports non-school based staff and services to schools, and the remaining five cents supports operational expenses including utilities, insurance, technology licenses and debt repayment.