314 - Annual Budget Process Policy


PACT Charter School

Original Creation Date: 2008
Last Approved By: PACT Charter School Board of Directors
Last Approved Date: June 3, 2021
Year Reviewed: 2020-2021



The purpose of this policy is to guide the Board through the budgeting process.


The Board of directors must set an annual budget to fund the daily operation of PACT Charter School.



  1. BFC refers to the Budget & Finance Committee of PACT Charter School 
  2. LIBS refers to Line Item Budget Supervisors. For this document, LIBS includes Treasurers. 3. CE and CEs refers to Capital Expenditure(s) (over $1000) 
  3. BDT refers to the Board Treasurer, who is the elected official charged with fiscal oversight of PACT.


For purposes of budgeting, scope, oversight, and expenditures, the following departments are defined: 

  1. Elementary Program 
  2. Secondary Program 
  3. Special Education 
  4. Title Programs 
  5. Personnel 
  6. Transportation 
  7. Facilities 
  8. Technology
  9. Administrative 
  10. Food Service 
  11. Fundraising 
  12. Extracurricular 
  13. Board 


For the upcoming fiscal year budget 

  1. January - Chief Executive Director works with the finance management company to send a notification to all departments for requested budget numbers for the next fiscal year. 
  2. February - Finance management company provides questions, clarification to budget requests, presents the preliminary budget to ED and Business Account Specialist. 
  3. March - Budget and Finance Committee reviews preliminary budget providing feedback, changes, comments to ED and financial management company. 
  4. April - Budget is presented to the School Board of Directors for their review, feedback, changes, comments. The budget may be approved at this time. 
  5. April - (If budget was not approved in April by the School Board of Directors) Budget and Finance Committee reviews any comments from the Board making the needed changes/edits. Provides final recommendation to the School Board of Directors. 
  6. May - Budget is reviewed by the School Board of Directors if not approved before this. The budget goes between the Budget and Finance Committee and School Board of Directors until approved. 
  7. June - the latest date the School Board of Directors can approve the budget. 
  8. Approved budget, with a 5-year projection (including projected fund balances), is sent to Bond Trustee (Wells Fargo), Dougherty & Company, Significant Bondholders, and MDE (if required) by June 15. 

For revising the current year budget 

Changes to the budget are communicated to the Board through monthly financial statements from the finance management company. A revised budget, reflecting changes, will be presented to the Board for approval at the March meeting.

For managing the unspent end of year funds 

  1. As previously discussed, CEs may be re-prioritized based on new information. 
  2. Funds freed up for the next fiscal year by pulling CEs into the current year will increase the Board contingency fund unless next year's budget is modified and approved by BFC and the Board. 
  3. Departmental spending deadline is April 15, except for funds that cannot reasonably be spent before then (field day, graduation, end-of-year awards, etc.) 
  4. Program Treasurer’s report remaining funds from program budget to BFC. (late April) 
  5. Board Treasurer and administration determine funds available that may be used for CEs in the current fiscal year. (late April/ early May) 
  6. If necessary, the Board Treasurer schedules and chairs a second meeting to discuss and prioritize CEs that can be completed in the current fiscal year, based on remaining available funds. (early May)



Contact Us

PACT Charter School | District Offices
7250 East Ramsey Parkway NW
Ramsey, MN 55303 

PACT Charter School | Elementary Campus
7250 East Ramsey Parkway NW
Ramsey, MN 55303 

PACT Charter School | Secondary Campus
7729 - 161st Avenue Northwest
Ramsey, MN 55303 

Main phone line: 763-712-4200
Fax: 763-712-4201

Absence: attendance@pactcharter.org


School Hours

Elementary Campus
8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

Secondary Campus
8:00 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. 

Office Hours

School Days
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Non-School Fridays
7:30 a.m. - Noon

School Breaks | Summer Hours

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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