Nevada Department of Education Meets with Washoe County School District to Address Budget Concerns

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Greg Bortolin
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Carson City, NV - June 02, 2017

A combination of slow enrollment growth and a significant spike in local tax revenue appears to be the answer to the Washoe County School District’s (WCSD) concern about funding changes in the Distributive School Account (DSA).

“The good news is that an uptick in the local economy in Washoe County means that they will reap the benefit of additional tax dollars from other sources of approximately $3 million,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I just want to underscore that we will continue to revalidate the model with multiple agencies.”

Working with the Governor’s Finance Office and the Legislative Counsel Bureau, the Nevada Department of Education has worked to review the DSA allocation model to address concerns expressed by WCSD.

Roger Rahming, Nevada Department of Education Deputy Superintendent for Business and Support Services, communicated with WCSD’s finance officials Thursday and Friday to address their concerns.

“After thorough reanalysis of the DSA allocation model, the model is working as intended,” Rahming said. “The DSA model calculates per-pupil funding and this year after close examination of the enrollment numbers, the Clark County School District (CCSD) is currently experiencing a high rate of growth, which affects the DSA allocation for each school district in the state. Conversely, WCSD’s enrollment growth has been low while their local tax revenues have seen a significant spike impacting per-pupil amounts.”

Nevada’s DSA model provides a guaranteed minimum level of per-pupil basic support which varies from district to district based on differences in local expenses and revenues. During the current school year, CCSD’s enrollment has increased by an estimated 3,207 pupils to 322,003 while WCSD’s growth has been approximately 110 pupils to 63,826. Full-day Kindergarten is also being figured into the DSA for the first time. In SB544, the legislature’s K-12 funding bill as a result of the changes in funding variables, CCSD’s DSA per-pupil funding will rise $126 to $5,700 while WCSD’s goes up $19 to $5,677.

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