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Budget Advisory Council

To maintain fiscal integrity, public confidence, and wise stewardship of taxpayer resources, the Budget Advisory Council

  • makes recommendations on policies and practices related to the presentation and preparation of the operating budget and the financial management of the school system
  • makes recommendations to the School Board on budget priorities
  • advises on the degree to which the Superintendent’s Proposed Budget supports best fiscal practices and the School Board’s priorities
  • assists in educating the community about the budgeting process
  • and provides, upon the Board’s request, study and recommendations on special topics or issues.

The Council is comprised of 15 Arlington citizens who are not APS employees and who exhibit a broad range of interests, including knowledge and interest in budget matters. Membership is for two-year terms and no more than six years on the Council. The School Board may invite various civic organizations to suggest persons for membership on the Council. Additionally, the County Council of PTAs, the Advisory Council on Instruction and the Civic Federation each may nominate a representative to the Council.

The Budget Advisory Council meets on the second Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise indicated, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Arlington Public Schools Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd in conference room 258.

You may call the Finance & Management Services office at 703-228-7652 for any additional information.

All applicants for a School Board Advisory Council must complete the online application form.

Apply to the Budget Advisory Council

BAC Meetings

FY 2025 Budget Development

FY 2025 Budget Development Calendar
(updated January 1, 2024)

Meeting Dates

  • September 13, 2023, Room 258
  • October 11, 2023, Room 258
  • November 8, 2023, Room 258
  • December 13, 2023, Microsoft Teams Meeting
  • January 10, 2024, Room 258 – Cancelled
  • February 14, 2024, Room 258
  • March 6, 2024, Room 402* – Please note different room number
  • March 13, 2024, Microsoft Teams
  • March 20, 2024, Room 258

FY 2024 Budget Development

FY 2024 Budget Development Calendar

Meeting Dates


FY 2023 Budget Development

FY 2023 Budget Development Calendar (updated February 9, 2022)

BAC End of Year Report

Budget Questions and Responses: All budget questions and responses from this year and prior years can also be found on BoardDocs.

Budget Presentation February 24, 2022

Meeting Schedule and Materials

FY 2022 Budget Development

FY 2022 Budget Development Calendar (updated March 11 2021)

BAC End of Year Report: June 24, 2021

FY 2022 School Board’s Adopted Budget: May 6, 2021

FY 2022 School Board’s Proposed Budget: April 2021

FY 2022 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget: February 25, 2021

Budget Questions and Responses

All budget questions and responses from this year and prior years can also be found on BoardDocs.

FY 2020-21 BAC Meeting Dates

Meeting DatesSeptember 9, 2020, Microsoft Teams

October 14, 2020, Microsoft Teams

November 18, 2020, Microsoft Teams

December 9, 2020, Microsoft Teams

January 13, 2021, Microsoft Teams

February 10, 2021, Microsoft Teams

March 3, 2021, Microsoft Teams

March 10, 2021, Microsoft Teams

March 17, 2021, Microsoft Teams

April 14, 2021, Microsoft Teams

May 12, 2021, Microsoft Teams

June 9, 2021, Microsoft Teams