Finance Department

 Accounting, Accounts Payable, Budget, and Payroll

Discretionary Lottery Funds

The Discretionary Lottery Funds entitlement is calculated by the State of Florida Department of Education based on a formula established in the General Appropriations Act.

When the funds were established, the District primarily used the funds to pay salaries and fringe benefits for a number of annual contract teachers. The District also distributed $10.00 per FTE (Full Time Equivalent) student to each school for School Improvement.

For the fiscal year 2008-09, the $10.00 per UWFTE was lowered to $5.00 per FTE. 

For the fiscal year 2009-10, the Discretionary Lottery Funds were only used for the School Improvement portion and the allocation amount was lowered to $2.61 per Unweighted FTE.  

For the fiscal years 2010-11 and 2011-12, the funding provided from the State was only used for School Improvement and was allocated at $2.59 and $2.72 respectively per Unweighted FTE.

At the beginning of fiscal year 2012-2013 and again for FY 2013-14, there are no appropriations for School Improvement funds.  The State has said that funding will be dependent on remaining funds after School Recognition dollars are distributed throughout the state.

School Recognition Program

The School Recognition Program provides public recognition and financial awards to schools that demonstrate substantial improvement in student performance.  Funds may be used for nonrecurring bonuses to the faculty and staff, nonrecurring expenditures for educational equipment or materials, or for temporary personnel to assist the school in maintaining or improving student performance (Section 231.2905(3), F.S.). 

For information from prior years, click here.