We use your tax dollars to equip our students with the knowledge and skills to succeed and prosper in an ever-changing global society. Our annual operating budget is about $129 million. Most of our spending directly supports classroom instruction.
Our resources, equipment and technology infrastructure sustain innovative teaching and personalized learning. Our long-term construction plans ensure that our buildings can be safe, supportive learning environments.
We strive to be good stewards of your tax dollars. We look for efficiencies and ways to maximize our resources. We welcome your questions and suggestions for stretching dollars. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where Your Money Goes
We spend over 70 percent of our general fund on teaching and teaching support. This includes salaries and benefits for teachers, instructional assistants, librarians and counselors. It also includes textbooks, teaching supplies, special education services, health services and student safety.
We use more than 20 percent of our budget to add support to our schools. These funds pay for principals, playground aides and others who manage school operations. In addition, we use them to keep lights on, keep water running and maintain our buildings and grounds. We bus students to and from school and provide meals for students.
About 6 percent of our general fund revenue pays for centralized administration. District administration includes the superintendent, human resources staff and business office staff. It also includes management for transportation, food services, and maintenance and operations.
We have a special fund devoted to construction, planning for and improving our buildings. We may also use it for technology. Learn more about our construction projects.
Where Our Money Comes From
Our revenue comes from three main sources:
We get most of our revenue, about 70 percent, from the state. The state distributes school funds based on the number of students we have and other factors. Most goes toward paying salaries and benefits. However, the state limits how we can use some state funds. We can only use about 14 percent of our revenue for special purposes, such as buying buses or Associated Student Body.
Local property taxes make up about 19 percent of our daily operations revenue. Central Kitsap voters approved a support levy in 2016. The support levy funds smaller class sizes, programs and daily operations. Voters also approved a capital projects levy. We can only use capital projects levy funds to build and improve our facilities and for technology upgrades.
Almost 9 percent of our general fund revenue comes from the federal government. Most of that can only be used for specific programs, such as special education or extra help for students from low-income families.
You can find more details about our current and past budgets:
Learn more about how education is funded in Washington: