DESE building expenditures per pupil

   Beginning in 2019, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released data on building expenditures per pupil as required by federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Federal law now requires that states publicly report the actual per pupil spending by each individual school building.
   The DESE per pupil data is organized according to our comprehensive facilities (4 high schools, 4 middle schools and 16 elementaries). From building to building at each school level, you will see that FZSD expenditures are fairly close. If you review the DESE report, it is important to remember a few factors that will have an impact on expenses from school to school. The most likely are:
   1. Student population. If a school is smaller than the others, the per pupil cost will be slightly higher because FZSD provides the same educational programs to all locations.
   2. Age of facility. Maintenance at an older school might require spending that isn’t required at other schools. 
   3. Staff experience. If a school has a larger percentage of senior staff, or a large percentage of staff with masters or doctoral degrees, the salaries for that school might increase the cost per pupil.
   4. Special programs. It is the mission of the Fort Zumwalt School District to assure that all students reach their potential. In some instances this might require special education programs that can significantly impact the overall cost per pupil at a school.