Principal Budget Development Guide

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Table of Contents

  • Letter from Chancellor
  • FY23 Budget Guide Updates


Building a Budget With Allocations – All Flexibility Levels

This includes Level 1 allocations that required and locked (unable to be changed), Level 2 allocations that are required and rarely flexible, and Level 3 allocations that are fully flexible. 

Level 1 allocations are unable to be changed. This means that even a within program, changes cannot occur. This may be determined by fund source requirements and allowability, such as grants and MOUs, legal requirements, and other core operational considerations.

Level 2 allocations are rarely flexible. Any shift in the allocation will maintain the intended purpose of the original allocation. Principals must demonstrate how they will meet related programmatic requirements.

Level 3 allocations are provided to schools to budget for staff and programming and are fully flexible funds. 

  • Special Education (Self-Contained)
  • Principals
  • Library Programs
  • Title I Parental Involvement
  • Title II Professional Development
  • Pool Programming
  • Credit Recovery
  • Pool Programming
  • NAF
  • Ninth Grade Academy (NGA)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Afterschool Programming
  • Early College
  • Twilight
  • Title I Reading Specialists

Level 1 Flexibility Allocations 


  • School Mental Health
  • School Counselors
  • English Learner
  • Special Education (Inclusion)
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE)
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Dual Language
  • Custodial
  • Global Studies
  • Safe & Positive Schools

Level 2 Flexibility Allocations


  • Specialty Payments
  • School Office Support
  • Student Based Budget (SBB) Weights
    • Base Weight
    • EL Weight
    • SPED Weight
    • At Risk Concentration Weight
    • EC Weight
    • ELC Weight
    • SPED Campus Weight
  • NPS Total Allocation – Including Admin Premium And Overtime
  • At-Risk UPSFF
  • Title I Schoolwide
  • Stability Funds
    • Stabilization
    • Safety Net Supplement

Level 3 Flexibility Allocations

Building a budget With Discretionary Dollars

This includes requirements and recommendations by program for non-allocated positions and non-personnel. 

  • Technology Purchasing 
  • Core Content
  • LEAP
  • Art & Music
  • World Language
  • Physical Education
  • Performing Arts
  • Athletics
  • Attendance Counselors
  • Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM)

Formerly Allocated

  • School Strategy & Logistics
  • Blended Learning
  • School Partnerships
  • ANET
  • Flamboyan
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Positions
  • Teaching Residency
  • Guidance on Budgeting NPS – Historical Spending and Reprograming

Additional Programming

additional Information

This includes information that compliments the budgeting process such as the CSP and scheduling guidance as well as the item catalog.

  • Flexibility Chart
  • FY23 Item Catalog
  • School Health Services Program (School Nurses)
  • School-Based Health Centers
  • Extra Duty Pay And DCPS Employee Stipends
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Washington Teachers Union (WTU) Contract and Classroom Requirements
  • LSAT Recommendation Departure Form

Additional Information