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Frequently Asked Financial Questions

Q) How many school districts are there in Washington State?

A) Washington State has 295 public school districts. The state also has nine intermediate Educational Service Districts, situated in different regions, providing services to all public school districts.

Q) What is the fiscal year for school districts?

A) The fiscal year starts September 1 and ends August 31.

Q)  What was the K-12 FTE student enrollment for the last completed year?

A)  988,658.17 for FY 2008-2009.

Q) What was the full student enrollment for the last completed year?  This includes regular K-12, skill centers summer , detention centers and other state institutions, and special education headcount for birth-to-5 programs as reported to OSPI.

A) 1,005,010.10 for FY 2008-2009.

Q) What was the total FTE Certificated Staff for the last completed year?

A) 66,221 for FY 2008-2009.

Q) What was the total FTE Classified Staff for the last completed year?

A) 37,553 for FY 2008-2009.

Q) What was the total General Fund expenditures for the last completed year?

A) In FY 2008-2009, Washington State Public Schools spent $9,772,000,596 in the General Fund.

Q) What was the total General Fund expenditures per pupil for the last completed year?

A) $9,807 per pupil for FY 2008-2009.

Q) What were the total General Fund Revenues and Other Financing Sources for the last completed year?

A) In FY 2008-2009, Washington State Public Schools received $9,892,583,836 as revenues and other financing sources for the General Fund.

Q) What were the total General Fund Revenues and Other Financing Sources per pupil for the last completed year?

A) $9,928 per pupil for FY 2008-2009.

Q) How is that amount broken out by State, Local, Federal, and Other Revenues?

A) State = $6,648, Local = $1,909, Federal = $1,304, and Other = $68.

Q) What percentage of total General Fund expenditures is spent on Administration?

A) In Fiscal Year 2008-2009, the percentage was 12.7%, which equals about $1,241 per pupil.

Q) What percentage of total General Fund expenditures is spent on Instruction?

A) In Fiscal Year 2008-2009, the percentage was 69.9%, which equals about $6,856 per pupil.

Q) What percentage of total General Fund expenditures is spent on salaries and benefits?

A) In Fiscal Year 2008-2009, the percentage was 83.6%, which equals about $8,197 per pupil.

Q) What percentage of total General Fund expenditures is spent on supplies and materials?

A) In Fiscal Year 2008-2009, the percentage was 5.6%, which equals about $547 per pupil.


Reference: State of Washington School District and Educational Service District Financial Reporting Summary FY 2008-2009, Section One.

[Updated May 27, 2010]

For Financial information, please contact the following:
 
SD/ESD Accounting Manuals, GAAP, ASB Rules and Regulations : Paul Stone (360)725-6303
F-195/F-200/F-198/F-197, Budget Forms : Mike Dooley (360)725-6305
F-196, SD/ESD Annual Financial Statements : Ramona Garner (360)725-6304
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