Operational Budget Overview
The total budget for this school year (2012-2013) is about $1.2 billion. That includes:
- $626M in operational funds
- $308M in capital funds
- $84M from federal, state & local grants
- $47 million for food services
- $17M for transportation
- $6M for instructional materials
- $129M debt service
Operational vs. Other Funds
Day-to-day expenses -- everything from employee salaries and benefits to utilities, supplies and maintenance -- are paid for with operational funds, 97% of which come from the state.
Voters approve property taxes to pay for new school construction, renovations, repairs and technology. By law, these funds cannot be used to cover operational costs such as teacher salaries and benefits.
APS receives federal, state, city and private grants that have specified uses. They may be used for salaries and benefits of employees providing those services. Grants usually have an expiration date.
The food service program is operated under the federally-funded National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act, and the National School Breakfast Act.
The state provides funding for student transportation. APS hires contractors to provide buses for students.
Each year, the state provides funding for textbooks and other instructional materials.