FY 2021 Budget Facts

  • 20th largest school system out of 132 in Virginia.
  • Frederick County's largest employer with 2,341.3 full-time equivalent positions (FTEs) for FY21. 82% are school-based positions.
  • As of September 15, 2020, total enrollment was 13,610.
  • Over the past five years, FCPS student enrollment grew by 749 students or 5.7%.     
  • Since FY99, FCPS has opened nine new facilities. (Orchard View-2000; Millbrook-2003; Byrd-2005; Evendale-2006; Gainesboro-2007; Greenwood Mill-2009; Transportation Center-2012; Frederick County Middle School-2016; Jordan Springs Elementary School-2020).
  • Over the past five years, the number of students eligible for the free and reduced meals program has grown 12%. The number of economically disadvantaged students was 38% during the 2019-20 school year.
  • Over the past five years, the number of students receiving language instruction for English learners and immigrant student services has increased 3.7%.
  • Compared to the adjusted FY20 budget, total positions are increased by 48.4 FTEs for FY21. This is primarily due to the opening of Jordan Springs Elementary School.
  • Average FCPS cost per pupil in FY19 (the most recent available) was $12,889 which was 0.3% lower than the state average ($12,931) and 0.6% lower than the regional average ($13,012).
  • 2,670,399 square feet of building space to maintain including 45 temporary modular classrooms.
  • 76 cents of each operating dollar is spent on instruction; 9 cents on operations and maintenance; 6 cents on pupil transportation; 4 cents on technology; 3 cents on administration; 2 cents on attendance and health services.

    Fiscal Year Total Budget School Operating Fund
    FY21 $224,958,450 $181,760,421
    FY20 $218,438,564 $175,981,549
    FY19 $208,440,274 $168,455,680
    FY18 $200,755,873 $159,879,495
    FY17 $191,065,242 $153,211,000
    (The figures above represent the original budget)
Revenue Sources as a Percentage of the FY21 School Operating Fund

Funding Source Amount Percentage Increase/Decrease Compared to FY20
Federal $5,439,792 3% Increase of 6.4%
State $86,932,369
(incl. sales tax)
47.8% Increase of 4.7%
County $88,307,934 48.6% Increase of 2.2%
Tuition, Fees and Other $1,080,326 0.6% Decrease of 24.5%

Budget Success

The unobligated FY20 operating surplus was $1,976,978, representing 1.12% of the total operating budget. This is equivalent to a family with an annual income of $80,000 finishing the year with a surplus of just $896.

The information provided was included in the School Board Approved Budget Fiscal Year 2021 and FY20 Financial Statements.