Budget

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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 $170 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. Based on recent state legislation, our funding is in the midst of change. Learn more about that change from the state Legislature's "A Citizen's Guide to Education Funding."

We welcome your questions and suggestions for stretching dollars. Email sarac@ckschools.org.

Where Your Money Goes

Teaching StudentsTeaching & Teaching Support, 74.58%; Central Administration, 5.69%; School building administration, 5.69%; school building administration, 4.36%; other school support 15.37%

We spend over 74 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.

Supporting Schools

We use more than 15 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.

Administration

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.

Construction/Capital Projects

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:State & general purpose, 65.28%; State special purspose 15.42%; federal general purpose, 2.01%; 5.22%; local taxes 10.33%; local nontax 1.75%

State

We get most of our revenue from the state. The state distributes school funds based on the number of students we have and other factors. As noted before, school funding in our state is about to change.  Learn more about that change from the state Legislature's "A Citizen's Guide to Education Funding."

Local

Local property taxes make up about 10 percent of our daily operations revenue. Those taxes come in the form of a school support levy. A school support levy helps ensure a well-rounded, quality education for our students. The levy helps pay for things the state still does not fully fund, such as activities and athletics, arts, music, libraries and safety and security.

Federal

About 7 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.

More Information

You can find more details about our current and past budgets:

Learn more about how education is funded in Washington: