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Planning Factors

A large part of the schools’ budgets are calculated according to formula. These formulas are commonly referred to as “planning factors.” Allocating funds using formulas based on enrollment projections is done to assure funding equity among schools and programs. All Arlington schools receive a similar level of support for those resources subject to the formulas.

The purpose of planning factors is to provide a base level of equity and consistency for personnel, equipment and supplies to meet instructional goals and to adequately deliver instruction, to provide predictability regarding budgetary planning and to assure compliance with state standards.

When schools starts in September, changes in the actual enrollment numbers when compared to what had been projected are reviewed for staffing changes. A contingency fund in the Human Resources Department funds additional staffing required based on the planning factor application.