Budget Development

The budget development process is a six-month, intensive process involving campus and administrative staff, the Superintendent, the Board of Trustees, and members of the District and Campus Excellence Committees. The budget is aligned with the District’s LEAD 2021 (Leading Excellence-Action Driven) strategic plan.

Federal, State, and Local guidelines govern the budget development process in GCISD. The Board must legally adopt General Operating, Debt Service and Child Nutrition budgets. The Texas Education Code establishes the legal basis for budget development in school districts. The Code requires that GCISD prepare a budget by June 19th each year because the fiscal year ends on June 30th.

The Code further requires that the Board President call a public meeting, giving 10 days public notice in a newspaper for the adoption of the budget. The officially adopted budgets must be filed with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) by the date prescribed annually by TEA.

GCISD will be providing updated information throughout the budget development process in order to educate our community on how local tax dollars are allocated.

Budget Development Process (Approved Budget Calendar) Budget Workshop Projection Report
January  - Review budget parameters
 - Distribute campus/department allocations
 - Review 3-year financial plan
Presentation (PDF) Report (PDF)
February  - Board approves budget parameters
 - Budget training sessions with staff
 - Campuses/departments compile budget packages
N/A due to earlier Board Meeting date N/A due to earlier Board Meeting date
March  - Review compensation study
 - Determine need for staffing units
 - Develop payroll budget with various cost of living adjustments
 - Campus/department budget packages submitted to finance
Presentation (PDF) Report (PDF)
April  - Determine fixed costs
 - Conduct campus/department budget reviews
 - Budget work session with District Excellence Committee
Presentation (PDF) Report (PDF)
May  - Receive preliminary tax values
 - Review preliminary budget
Presentation (PDF) Report (PDF)
June  - Publish notice of public meeting for budget and tax rate
 - Adopt final budget
 - Post final budget to district website
Presentation (PDF)
Budget Hearing (PDF)
Report (PDF)