The Forsyth County Board of Education and staff have a strong record of fiscal balance, sound reserves, and financial accountability. Forsyth County Schools (FCS) is the only school district in the state to receive a six-year consecutive 5-out-of-5 Star Financial Efficiency Rating from the Georgia Department of Education.We have an annual operational budget, funded by local taxes, and state and federal funds. 89% of the operational budget is for salaries and benefits, while the remainder is for operating expenses, such as fuel and utilities.
When looking at revenue sources for FCS, it is important to note that the majority of metro districts, including four with smaller student enrollment, received considerably more funding than FCS from the CARES Act (federal revenue). FCS received $20+ million in total CARES ACT I, II, and III funding.
- ACT I was used to pay the salaries and benefits for school bus drivers that were not working for the last three months of school when COVID -19 shut the state down ($1.7+ million).
- ACT II was used to offset the austerity cuts from the state ($5.7+ million).
- ACT III was used to match the state $1k supplement for employees ($6.5+ million). We used $4+ million for ERU (energy recovery units) at two elementary schools that did not have those units. The remaining $3+ million was used for summer instruction for students.
For local revenue, FCS is one of only a few school districts in Georgia to have a senior exemption at the age of 65, which is an annual loss of an estimated $36 million. Lastly, in terms of state revenue sources, FCS' Local Fair Share contribution has increased to be $71.2 million in 2021-22 and for FY22 the district received $10+ million in austerity cuts.FCS also has a capital improvement budget, which is funded by State capital outlay dollars and local SPLOST or Bond referendums.
As the 6th largest out of 180 school districts in Georgia, for 2021-22 FCS operates on a $520 million budget, with 72% of expenses tied to instruction. The budget income is 52% from local funds and 48% from state and federal funds. The FY22 budget was built maintaining the same millage rate (17.3) for the last eight tax years, which is the lowest in Metro Atlanta. FCS’ per-pupil expenditure is $9,607, which is the second-lowest among the 12 largest districts in the State.
Capital (Bond and SPLOST)Voters approved SPLOST VI in November 2021.FCS is proud to be one of three school districts in Georgia to receive the highest possible bond rating, AAA, from both Moody's and Standard and Poors (S&P), which was recently reassigned for the third time in November 2021. Having the highest possible credit rating is a benefit for taxpayers with lower interest rates on the sale of bonds. S&P currently rates 4,782 school districts with only 86 having a AAA rating, while Moody’s currently rates 13,363 school districts with only 88 having a AAA rating.
- Forsyth County BOE 2021Annual Financial Report
- Forsyth County BOE 2020 Annual Financial Report
- FY22 Approved Budget
- Millage Rate History
- FY20 Large Districts Per Pupil Comparisons
- QBE Comparisons*
- GADOE Financial Data Reporting
- 2021 5 Year Tax Digest
- Learn about FCS Bond and SPLOST referendums
- Forsyth County BOE 2021SPLOST Report
- Forsyth County BOE 2020 SPLOST Report