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2024-25 Budget

Downingtown Area School District strives to maximize resources to maintain high-quality academics and student support systems, with the third-lowest per pupil instructional expenses across Chester County’s 12 school districts. DASD has maintained a AAA financial rating for the past 15 years, and received the National Association of School Business Officials Meritorious Budget award for the past 19 years. Though the district has been able to maintain a zero percent tax increase eight of the past 11 years, escalating costs, increasing enrollment and implementing full-day kindergarten present challenges that require additional resources. To safeguard a bright future for all DASD students and uphold our reputation for excellence, the district is proposing a 3.9% tax increase for the 2024-25 school year.

Fortunately, the state has increased the 2024 funding to support the Homestead Property Relief Program, providing homeowners with approximately $50 in additional tax relief funds. With the additional tax relief, the net tax impact will be approximately 3% for homeowners. The increased overall tax revenue will directly support the expansion of DASD facilities to address growing enrollment, additional staff to support students’ educational and social-emotional needs, as well as essential core and extracurricular programs and resources.

Approved 2024-25 General Fund BudgetDASD is committed to using district funds responsibly to ensure a strong future for our schools and community. We recognize the financial impact any tax increase may have on residents, and this decision is not taken lightly. Investing in our schools increases property values, fosters a more educated workforce and provides a safe and nurturing environment for our children to learn.

DASD Cost per Student

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2024-25 Budget Overview