The Bainbridge Island Story Bainbridge Island School District Budget January 2010
The Funding Gap Washington State does not fully fund K-12 public education.
State funding has not kept up with educational costs:
– Washington State’s per-pupil funding has fallen from 11 th in the
nation (1993) to 44 th (2009). – The Quality Counts Report
– K-12 education has fallen from 50% of the state budget in the 1980s to 41% of the current budget.
– The State does not provide funds to cover the cost for construction or renovation of schools. It may provide a partial “match.”
Examples of our funding gap: In 2008-09
– State Ranking: BISD ranked in the bottom 21% of WA State school districts in per pupil revenue (232 nd out of 295 districts).
– BISD paid $7.2 M for positions not funded through the State.
– Transportation costs exceeded state revenue by $545 K.
– Special education costs were $1 M above the state allocation.
General Fund: Revenue Sources State Funds (64%) Local Non-Tax (8%) - Foundation, PTO, Fees Local Ed. Program & Operations Levy (21%) BISD Levy “Lid” = 24.9% Of State/Federal Allocations Some other districts have been allowed to have higher “lids” due to “grandfather- ing” Federal Funds (7%) 2009-10 Budget = $36.5 M