How school district dollars get spent

Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2002

Millions of dollars move through the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District every year.

Here, according to the preliminary budget for next school year, is where the average dollar will be spent:

43 cents -- teachers' salaries;

4 cents -- principals' salaries;

12 cents -- salaries for school support workers, including secretaries, custodians, aides, nurses, food service, pool attendants and theater technicians;

2 cents -- central office salaries for the superintendent, administrators, accounting, personnel and technical support;

18 cents -- employee benefits (for all employees);

7 cents -- building maintenance;

5 cents -- utilities, including electricity and heat;

3 cents -- supplies, including books;

2 cents -- computers and technology;

2 cents -- purchased services, such as copiers and printing;

1 cent -- telephones;

1 cent -- everything else, such as travel and other insurance.

When school officials speak about the budget, they usually mean the operating budget, which is projected to be about $74 million next year. It is funded by the state and borough.

The district also receives grants, mostly from the federal government, which it classifies as "special revenue funds." These are earmarked for specific purposes and excluded from the budget planning. These add up to the equivalent of another 21 cents on top of the operating budget dollar.

The biggest of these grant funds are the Pupil Transportation Fund, which pays for busing; the Improving America's Schools Act Fund, which pays for programs such as the Title I tutors for low-income children; and federal subsidies for the food service.

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