The citizens of Brookline take pride in their schools and continue to provide high levels of fiscal support through their tax dollars. A majority of the budget is supported by local sources (property tax and other local revenue), with an additional supplement of state funds. The FY 2014 General Fund appropriation was $86.1M. Local sources supplied $75.8M or 88%, and an additional supplement from Chapter 70 state funds was $10.4M or 12%.
Most grant funds are intended to supplement the core functions and
mission of the Public Schools of Brookline. In FY 2014, federal funds
through entitlement grants totaled $2.6M. The Grants Office works
closely with program staff to acquire grant funds to support a variety
of programming efforts. Certain private donors, through our
collaborations with the 21st Century Fund, the Brookline Education
Foundation, and Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs), allow the schools to
test and research new approaches to student learning and support
opportunities for ongoing professional development.This infusion of
additional dollars helps us move forward and keeps us at the forefront
of educational practice.