5 strategies for balancing the budget while preserving instruction

School districts can use technology, community cooperation and grade reconfiguration to keep a lid on personnel costs.

The share of school district budgets devoted to personnel costs is 80% to 85%, compared to the 35% to 40% at most businesses. That leaves little wiggle room for administrators tasked with maintaining fiscal responsibility and boosting the quality of education in a time of nearly stagnant and often unknown state funding.

Here are five strategies for balancing the budget without drastically affecting instruction…

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