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Budget FAQ

WCPS BUDGET OVERVIEW

Washington County Public Schools has a 260 million dollar general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2017 to fund 49 schools and provide for the educational needs of 22,000 students. This budget overview provides an insight into what is in the WCPS operating budget.

WHAT DIRECTS THE WCPS OPERATING BUDGET?

•All students will read at or above level by 3rd grade and continue to read at or above grade level thereafter.
•All students will meet grade-level and course-specific curriculum standards each year and complete an established educational and/or career pathway by graduation.
•All students will be provided quality instruction using appropriate technology.
•All students will be healthy, informed and productive citizens.
 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM?

•State of Maryland: 63.1%
•Washington County: 36.6%
•Other Sources: 0.3% 

Where does the money come from?

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

•Administration: 2.3%
•Employee Benefits: 20.9%
•Instruction – Special Education: 8.4%
•Instruction & Student Services: 51.9%
•Maintenance: 11.8%
•Student Transportation: 4.7%

Where does the money go?

Washington County Public Schools believes in our students and wants to provide them the best possible outcome. That is the reason 85.3% of the operating budget supports salaries, wages and benefits for teachers, support staff and administrators who work with our students every day.

HOW WCPS RESOURCES ARE ALLOCATED TO SCHOOLS

  • Enrollment - First, staff is allocated based on enrollment
    • Every school gets a principal
    • Class Size:
      • Elementary - WCPS does all it can to keep class sizes at 22 or smaller
  • Needs

Schools that have more students who are economically disadvantaged will receive extra staffing to lower class sizes and provide additional support for intervention

  • Programs
    • Washington County Public Schools will allocate staff and resources based on individual school programs. If a school has a magnet program, special education summit program or some other type of program, additional staff could be provided for support.

SUPPORT SCHOOLS

There are many WCPS employees who directly serve students, but are not part of the staff allocations that schools receive.

  • Transportation: WCPS transports 19,800 students to and from school every day on 161 county-owned buses and 68 contracted buses and most of them do three or four routes in the morning and afternoon.
  • Food and Nutrition: WCPS food service employees serve about 11,000 meals a day or about 2 million balanced meals to students each year. More than 50 percent of WCPS students receive free or reduced lunches. Of the 50 percent of free or reduced lunch students, WCPS is feeding 75 percent every day.
  • Facilities and Maintenance: WCPS has 49 schools and one administrative office building to maintain. This means maintaining more than 3,534,770 square feet of space and 1,176 acres of land. This includes heating, ventilation, air conditioning and other systems in our schools. 

 DEVELOPING OUR BUDGET

Developing the WCPS budget is a year-round process that involves many internal staff members and input from students, staff and community members.

THE BUDGET CYCLE

  • ​Planning: Aligning our needs to strategic goals
  • Budgeting: All stakeholders help to develop a budget for WCPS.
  • Allocating: Allocate resources to schools from the budget
  • Staffing: Provide schools with the staff they need to serve their students
  • Monitor: Constantly monitor the budget to make sure spending is appropriate

THE BUDGET TOOL

WCPS welcomes your input into the operating budget for Fiscal Year 2017. We have created a budget tool for you to access and submit your suggestions:  https://form.jotform.com/53193529538161