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This section of the Annual Report for the 2021-2022 school year provides a snapshot of the district's finances and factors that affect our budget. For a complete report including a line-by-line operations budget, please visit the Finance webpage. 

The District

Issaquah School District is an urban school district of nearly 20,000 students, sixteen elementary schools, six middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, and a choice high school. Over the past two decades the district has experienced very rapid expansion requiring the addition of eight elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school. The growth, following a steep decline in enrollment due to COVID-19 will hopefully continue. The District plans on adding new school facilities in the next few years. Total enrollment should continue to grow at a steady pace in the long term. Long term enrollment patterns will be dependent upon land use decisions and the overall pace of housing development. The District experienced rapid enrollment decline in 2020-21 due to COVID-19. In a single year the District lost nearly 1200 FTE, and is projecting further declines in the 2021-22 fiscal year. The two year loss in student FTE is projected to be approximately 1550 students. This huge loss in student FTE required a reduction in force of both classified and certificated staff. 

Where the Money Goes

The Issaquah School District is the second largest employer in Issaquah with over 2,900 full time and part time staff members. This excludes several hundred substitute employees. These employees are represented by 1,300 teachers, 350 educational assistants, 135 bus drivers, 70 food service workers, 185 office/support staff, 140 custodial/maintenance personnel, and other administrative and support staff.

The district budget is represented by seven distinct cost centers. These cost centers encompass all of the above staff and help to present a visual picture of the district and its many programs and services. These cost centers are defined as follows: