Community Meetings:
Budget Planning for 2023-2024 School Year

Hamilton County Schools hosts an annual series of Community Meetings in February and early March focused on budget planning. These meetings are an opportunity for Hamilton County families, staff, and community members to share feedback as the district begins crafting its proposed budget for the upcoming school year.

Your input is vital to the success of Hamilton County Schools!

2023 Budget Planning Community Meetings:

  • Wednesday, February 22 at 6:00 pm 
    • Orchard Knob Elementary, 2000 E. 3rd Street
    • Soddy Daisy High, 618 Sequoyah Access Road 
  • Monday, February 27 at 6:00 pm
    • East Ridge Elementary, 1014 John Ross Road
  • Tuesday, February 28 at 6:00 pm
    • Red Bank Middle, 3701 Tom Weathers Drive
    • Join virtually here
  • Wednesday, March 1 at 12:00 pm 
    • Virtual Meeting
  • Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 pm
    • Ooltewah Middle School, 5100 Ooltewah Ringgold Road
    • Join virtually here 

Children are welcome to attend with their parent/guardian, and there will be an activity table for young children. 

Spanish interpretation will be available at each session. 

Unable to attend? Please complete this Community Budget Planning Survey to share your input. 

Budget Planning Meeting FAQs

What are community budget planning meetings?
Community budget planning meetings are interactive sessions where stakeholders provide input on what needs to be considered in the annual budget. These meetings work best when a variety of perspectives are shared across the district. Community budget planning meetings open the door for student, parent, and teacher voices to be heard. A summary of all input gathered during these community meetings is presented to the School Board in March prior to their vote on the budget in April. 

Why do school district budgets matter? 
District budgets are about all students and the teachers, parents, and community partners that make schools work. So how can the budget work for us? The answer is knowing about the funds and the needs.

How does school district funding work?
The Hamilton County Schools operating budget is over $450 million each year supporting 81 school buildings with close to 45,000 students. Approximately half of this budget comes from our local Hamilton County government, through property and sales tax revenue. The remaining amount comes almost entirely from the Tennessee Department of Education, though a small portion of this does come from other funding streams. The proposed operating budget is presented to the School Board. If approved, it will then be sent to the Hamilton County Commission. 

How is school district funding spent?
Each year funds are allocated to improve facilities, add staff, and improve learning opportunities for students and teachers. But what is missing and what else needs to be considered? That is where you come in. The Hamilton County Schools community budget planning meeting is your opportunity to tell the district what you believe district funds should be spent on.

Why does your input matter?
Students, parents, and teachers are often aware of what is needed to make their schools better, and we need to hear those concerns. Some concerns are greater than others so we need to know what needs to be prioritized. Your voice is important and matters for current and future Hamilton County Schools students.