Portland Public Schools is a Municipal District and is financially integrated with the City of Portland, with our tax levy being assessed in conjunction with the municipal levy and collection managed by the City's Finance Department. Our budget development is an independent process through the Board of Public Education, but must be approved by the City Council before going to public referendum. Information about this structural relationship can be found in the City Charter and Chapters 1 and 2 of the City Code http://www.portlandmaine.gov/131/City-Code.
The Finance Department has responsibility for general financial functions as well as oversight of Information Technology Services, both located at Central Office, as 353 Cumberland Avenue.
Finance is responsible for developing, accounting for and administering the annual budget, as well as accounting and reporting for grant funds, centralized payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and vendor contract review. We also engage in an annual outside audit, which is part of the overall City of Portland audit.
Please access our various financial document links for more information, or contact us directly.