Budget at a Glance

  • Description:

    Interactive summary of DPS revenues, expenditures, and personnel. 

    ***For optimal viewing, click the 'Full Screen' button at the bottom right of the data visualization.***

    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 51.9 percent and 30.2 percent of total revenue respectively. Federal funds provide 8.0 percent of total revenue, followed by 4.1 percent from child nutrition funds, 3.7 percent from capital funds, and 2.1 percent from grant funds.

    • Personnel: Durham Public Schools is the third largest employer in the county with 5,054 full-time equivalent employees; 90 percent of whom are school-based. Employee salary and benefits make up 83.2 percent of total DPS expenditures.

    • Spending by Purpose: School-based instructional services make up 73.5 percent of the total budget. Operational supports, including student transportation, school-building maintenance, public utilities and energy, and custodial services make up 11.1 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 5.8 percent of the total budget. Child nutrition makes up 4 percent, followed by 3.7 percent for capital investments, 0.9 percent for 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 $26.5 M in local revenues that will be passed through to apprixmately 47 charter schools in and around the triangle serving an estimated 7,250 Durham County students in the 2019-20 academic year.