DSISD Financial Information
- Dripping Springs ISD has been recognized consistently for sound financial practices. DSISD has earned the highest rating of “Superior Achievement” on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) every year since the program’s inception and received a perfect score in 2014.
- The district has earned between 4.5 and 5.0 (out of 5.0 possible) stars on the Comptroller’s FAST (Financial Allocation System for Texas) report all three years it has been issued, including a perfect five-star rating in 2014. The report measures academic progress and financial efficiency.
- Dripping Springs ISD earned Gold Leadership Circle Awards from the Texas State Comptroller’s Office in recognition of the district’s financial transparency in 2013 and 2014.
- DSISD has a financial rating of aa2 from Moody's.
- The figure for annual per-student spending by school districts can
be confusing because different sources calculate it in different ways.
In the most recent AEIS report for 2011-12 (using 2010-11 data),
Dripping Springs spent $7,726 in operating expenditures per student,
which is below the state average. Operating expenditures would be the
portion of the budget that comes out of the General Fund, or Maintenance
and Operations part of the budget. Some sources roll the Debt Service
(Interest & Sinking) fund into per-student expenditure reports,
which considers expenditures such as capital outlay, and construction
costs in addition to operating expenses that are
used to serve students. By law, I&S funds resulting from bond
programs cannot be used for operational expenses. If all funds were
included, DSISD spent $11,215 per student according to the most recent
- In DSISD’s 2014-15 approved budget of $38,444,696, instructional
expenses and student services (counseling, nursing, extracurricular
activities) combined represent 67 percent of all expenditures. Plant
Maintenance and Operations, which accounts for 15 percent of the 2014-15
budget, includes utilities as well as the care of facilities that
provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for students.
Instructional leadership (includes personnel such as principals and
instructional facilitators, Curriculum staff) is 6 percent. The cost of
transporting students to and from school accounts for 5 percent of the
budget. General Administration (includes supplies, Central Office
personnel, legal fees, etc.) accounts for 4 percent of the total budget.
The category “Other” on the pie chart includes data processing fees and
appraisal district costs.
Dripping Springs ISD Budget Allocations, 2014-15