Unsustainable District Budget

The Coupeville school district budget is on an unsustainable growth trajectory. In the past 10 years salary costs have increased by over 50% despite a rate of inflation of less than 20% and the full time student population DECREASING by over 12%. In that same period, district revenue (our taxes!) has climbed from under $10 million in 2009-2010 to over $14 million in 2018-2019, an increase of over 43% (or more than double the rate of inflation).

This is unsustainable. Are we getting education results that are 50% better than they were 10 years ago, or are we just dumping more money into the system?

As you can see from the charts below, district spending per student is far outpacing inflation:

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Students

This chart tracks FTE for the district for the past 10 years

District Expenditures

Salary and total expenditures over the past decade

Expenditures per FTE student

Expenditures per FTE student each year for the past decade

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