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Budget Advisory Committee

Building a Sustainable Budget with Community Input

In line with DPS’ commitment to engaging our community, investing in values-aligned priorities, and building a fiscally sustainable budget, DPS formed the Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) to advise the Denver Board of Education in all aspects of the budget development process. The BAC will serve as a standing committee that will meet throughout the year to review key budget assumptions (such as enrollment and economic forecasts), and collaborate with the board on the formulation of budget development principles and development of the Proposed, Adopted and Amended Budgets, among other key tasks.

Budget Advisory Committee Mission

Inform Consult Involve Collaborate
Key economic assumptions Budget development process and timeline Evaluate budget trade-offs and present those to the Board of Education Budget Guiding Principles
Enrollment projections and October Count Support other district groups related to budget as necessary including Collaborative School Committees (CSC) and DAC Progress monitor actuals and adjustments (quarterly or through the adjustment period June-Jan of a school year) Proposed, Adopted and Amended Budgets
Consult regularly with other district committees and task forces, such as Special Education, ELA and others Provide oversight on mill levy funds received by the districts

Meeting Schedule

Date Topic 
Oct. 19 Review enrollment, mission of BAC, overview of DPS budget, DPS budget outlook.
Dec. 14 Areas of focus for addressing budget challenges, review Student Based Budgeting, preview Amended Budget.
Jan. 11 Financial State of the District, review Amended Budget.
Mar. 8 Mid-year budget update of 2020-21 budget, review strategic budget proposals
May 10 Review Proposed Budget

Share Your Thoughts at BAC Public Comment

We welcome feedback and ideas from our community at each Budget Advisory Committee meeting throughout the year. Please review our meeting schedule and projected topics, and email BAC_Comment@dpsk12.org if you’d like to sign up for a time to speak.

About the Budget Advisory Committee

The BAC will function as an advisory committee to the board, providing community and staff perspective around budget topics that will lead to recommendations to the board. The board has final decision making responsibility for the annual district budget and provides guidance on how DPS staff implement the budget.

Committee Membership

Name

Role/Representing

Angela Cobián Denver Board of Education, Treasurer
Jennifer Bacon Denver Board of Education, Vice President
Scott Baldermann Denver Board of Education
Chuck Carpenter Interim Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Alise Kermisch District Accountability Committee
Leslie Cordova Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA)
Robert Giron English Language Acquisition District Advisory Committee (ELA-DAC)
John Adams DPS Employee Associations
Pam Bisceglia Special Education Advisory Committee
Aminah Ford Student Board of Education
Bobby Thomas Denver School Leaders Association
Tiffany Gardner Non-Bargained Employees
Katie Hechavarria Finance; non-voting member of BAC
Jim Carpenter Interim Deputy Chief Financial Officer; non-voting member of BAC

Composition of Budget Advisory Committee

The committee is composed of the following individuals:

  • Three members of the Board of Education (one of whom is the Board Treasurer)
  • A representative from the District Accountability Committee 
  • A representative from the ELA DAC
  • A representative from the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA)
  • A representative from other employee associations, to be selected jointly by those associations
  • A representative from the Student Board of Education
  • School Leader Representative from the Superintendent’s Principal Council
  • A representative from the Special Education Advisory Committee  (SEAC)
  • The district’s Chief Financial Officer.
  • In addition, the Deputy Superintendent for Operations and the Executive Director of Finance will participate as non-voting members