• Chelsea Public Schools (CPS) is required by the City Charter to balance its budget to the Governor’s budget even though on many occasions the budget adopted by the Legislature and ultimately approved by the Governor may be different in small and large ways. Each year, the District receives the Governor’s proposed budget in January, most often during the 4th week of the month per the statutory deadline. Each year, CPS staff will develop projections for cost increases based upon contractual obligations, anticipated cost increases such as health care costs, and new initiatives, and determine how much projected expenditure differs from revenues. At that point, the process of determining how to balance the budget begins. The Superintendent will meet with school principals and union representatives, and then host a community meeting to gather input into the preliminary balancing plan. Public input is gathered at a Community meeting, typically held in February, at school committee meetings in March and at city council meetings in May or June.

    For the upcoming FY2020-2021 budget, CPS has been fortunate to receive funding through the Student Opportunity Act (SOA) recently adopted by the State Legislature and approved by the Governor.  For more information, click on the links below.

    • Student Opportunity Act Frequently Asked Questions [English] [Spanish]

    Community input into the budget has occurred this fall via the Community Conversations series held by the Superintendent, and will continue throughout the spring.


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    Past Budget Information

SY 2019-2020 Budget Information

SY 2011-2018 Budget Information