LCSD was growing rapidly, but the revenues needed to keep up with growth weren’t materializing and student achievement was suffering as a result. LCSD decided to embark upon the Smarter School Spending journey to put an end to reactive, short-term budget cutting and, thereby, enable a long-term, coherent approach to reaching its student achievement goals. LCSD took on an accelerated implementation schedule for smarter school spending, putting in place a complete process within one year. Though stressful, these efforts were successful – the school board unanimously adopted a long-term, strategic plan that aligned the District’s financial capacity with its student achievement goals. LCSD has since continued on this journey, creating even greater alignment between finance and academics and making Smarter School Spending practices integral to how decisions are made at LCSD.
"Money is not increasing. We must invest our dollars in the most efficient and effective way possible, and that requires us to really go back and analyze. It requires us to be incredibly innovative in our approach to how we optimize resources.”