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Assessed valuation 2015–2016


Assessed valuation is the taxable portion of the market value of real estate and/or personal property, such as cars or boats. SSD encompasses all of St. Louis County and the portion of Jefferson County served by Rockwood School District. SSD’s countywide status allows the district to use the total assessed valuation of the area within its boundaries in determining its tax rate. For 2015–2016, the valuation of the area within the district’s boundaries is $22,733,218,984.

SSD tax rate 2015–2016


By state law, residential property is assessed at 19 percent of its market value. This means that taxes paid to SSD on a home valued at $100,000 would be $234.61 annually based on the 2015–2016 tax rate of $1.2348 per $100 assessed valuation. As with assessed valuation, the SSD tax rate applies to property in St. Louis County and the portion of Jefferson County served by Rockwood School District.

(0.19 x $100,000 x 1.2348) = $234.61
                    $100

SSD Staff


  Total Staff Teacher-level Para-level Other
2007–2008 5,071 2,761 1,659 651
2008-2009 5,221 2,830 1,726 644
2009-2010 5,205 2,777 1,768 660
2010-2011 5,120 2,720 1,744 656
2011-2012 5,066 2,632 1,759 675
2012-2013 5,027 2,641 1,746 640
2013-2014 5,117 2,570 1,782 765
2014-2015 5,205 2,625 1,839 741


Financial summary


Following is a summary of revenues, expenditures and balances.

Summary of Revenues, Expenditures, Balances ($ in 000s)
  Actual
FY12
Actual
FY13
Actual
FY14
Actual
FY15
Budget
FY16
Beginning fund balance $133,699 $140,728 $144,109 $173,685 $201,571
Revenues $381,240 $366,874 $405,874 $422,520 $422,893
Expenditures $374,211 $363,493 $376,298 $394,635 $420,447
(Deficit) Surplus $7,029 $3,381 $29,576 $27,885 $2,446
Ending Fund Balance $140,728 $144,109 $173,685 $201,571 $204,017

A complete copy of the FY16 budget can be viewed in the superintendent's office during business hours or to request a copy, call 314.989.8281.

Per-pupil costs 2014–2015


School districts maintain data that track the average cost of educating each student. This data, referred to as the cost per pupil, is calculated by dividing the district’s total operating expense budget by the total number of students being educated (eligible pupils).

However, SSD serves more than 22,000 students* for whom it does not take attendance, and as such, expenditures per eligible pupil are not relevant. SSD calculates its per-pupil expenditures by using current expenditures divided by the total number of students receiving special education services from the district as of Dec. 1, 2014. The amount for 2014-2015 is $13,831 per pupil.

This amount presents a more accurate picture of the district’s per-pupil expenditure than does the standard state calculation on an eligible pupil basis.

*Ninety-seven percent of these students receive special education services from SSD staff in a school in their local school district. It is the responsibility of the local school district to take attendance on all students who attend school in its buildings, primarily for funding purposes. While SSD has records on each student served by our district, we may not necessarily be the district that records the actual attendance for that student.
Revenues/Expenditures
For the 2014–2015 school year, the district’s total operating revenue is $423 million, with expenditures of about $395 million.

FY15 revenues by source
(in thousands)


revenues

FY15 expenditures (in thousands)

expenditures

 
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