Equity in Education Drives KCPS Budget for 2019-2020

School Board approves $257 million balanced budget during June 26 meeting


Kansas City, June 27, 2019:  Kansas City Public Schools will prioritize spending to enhance educational opportunities for students with the greatest need, according to the 2019-2020 fiscal year (FY20) budget approved on June 26 by the Board of Directors (School Board).

Linda Quinley

Chief Financial and Operations Officer Linda Quinley presented the $257 million balanced budget during a public hearing on Wednesday, June 12 at the Board of Education. Subtracting funds designated for grant programs and Child Nutrition Services leaves $213 million for operations, a slight increase over the $206 million spent on operations during the current fiscal year.

School, program and department funding requests that focused on student achievement and that were tied to the KCPS Strategic Plan were given the highest priority as the FY20 budget was developed, according to Ms. Quinley. Funding was primarily guided by the School Board’s equity policy and based on the three-tiered school support system, with more resources provided to serve students with the most acute needs.

The FY20 budget funding priorities include:

  • Pre-K education
  • A special education co-teaching program for kindergarten through second-grade classrooms
  • Expansion of career and technical education programs
  • Technology infrastructure and devices for students in kindergarten through second grade
  • Reducing class sizes in schools with the greatest need based on the equity budgeting model
  • Re-opening Lincoln Middle School
  • Math and reading intervention staff support for schools with the greatest need
  • Social workers who can provide social and emotional support

A copy of the KCPS Comprehensive Budget for FY20 can be accessed at www.kcpublicschools.org/budget.