Budget at a Glance

  • Description:

    Interactive summary of DPS revenues, expenditures, and personnel.

    Utility & Key Takeaways:

    Summarizes complex financial information, providing enhanced transparency and accessibility for all stakeholders.

    • Revenue: Funding for Durham Public Schools is provided by state, local, and federal governments. The two main revenue sources are the state public school fund and the local county appropriation. State and local funding make up 48.7 percent and 30.3 percent of total revenue respectively. Federal funds provide 8.0 percent of total revenue, followed by 7.1 percent in capital funds, 4.0 percent in child nutrition funds, and 2.0 percent in grant funds.

    • Personnel: Durham Public Schools is the third largest employer in the county with 5,003 full-time equivalent employees; 90 percent of whom are school-based. Employee salary and benefits make up 77.4 percent of total DPS expenditures.

    • Spending by Purpose: School-based instructional services make up 70.4 percent of the total budget. Operational supports, including student transportation, school-building maintenance, public utilities and energy, and custodial services make up 10.6 percent of the total budget. Centralized administrative and instructional supports such as finance, human resources, policy and leadership services, technology support, and curricular support make up 6.3 percent of the total budget. Capital investments make up 7.4 percent of the 2018-19 budget, followed by 4.8% for Ancillary services (child nutrition and before/after school care programs), and 0.9 percent for transfers to other government agencies and other non-programmed charges.

    • Charter Funding: The interactive DPS budget-at-a-glance tool excludes $24.1 M in local revenues passed through to charter schools serving approximately 6,957 Durham County students.