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Wylie Independent School District

Texas

District Information

21
$140.4 million
13,726
16%
Suburban

The Challenge

Wylie has grown rapidly, but its budget had not grown with enrollment. A new approach was needed to reach student learning goals

Outcomes

New planning and budgeting processes and a strong academic-finance partnership contributed to Wylie’s students making the largest gains on the statewide standardized test of any district in Texas over 5,000 students.
Michele Trongaard
"It’s not just the numbers! With Smarter School Spending, there is more meaning behind the numbers. It helps finance staff understand where resources are most needed so we can get the money to where it will be most purposeful."
Michele Trongaard, Asst Superintendent for Finance & Operations

Wylie Independent School District has grown rapidly, but its budget had not kept pace with its enrollment. Wylie needed a new approach to reach its student learning goals. Wylie developed new planning and budgeting processes coupled with a strong academic-finance partnership contributed to their students making the largest gains on the statewide standardized test of any district in Texas over 5,000 students.

Highlights

  • Found resources to pay for key academic priorities by making the District more efficient.
  • School board made the big-picture connection between academic goals and budget allocations.
  • The new way of planning and budgeting contributed to students making the largest gains on the Texas standardized test of any district over 5,000 students.

Lessons Learned

  • Build a strong partnership between academic and finance staff
  • Build Smarter School Spending on a foundation of financial integrity
  • Find small wins to build momentum and a sense of control over your destiny