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ECSD Finance plays a key role in enabling our students and staff to perform to their fullest potentials

Each school day brings 6,800 Eagle County students through our doors. They learn with teachers in classrooms and on field trips, eat nutritious food in lunchrooms, receive care in nurses' offices, and have fun while exercising their bodies on playgrounds. They participate in numerous programs including special education; gifted education; and a host of diverse teams, clubs, and after-school activities. Up-to-date technology, reliable transportation, personalized counseling, and school security are also vital facets of the students' day-to-day routine. Providing these components for scholastic success requires funding; that's where ECSD Finance comes in.

We aim to be responsible stewards of the taxpayer resources entrusted to our care in order to fulfill the larger District goal of providing a world-class educational experience to each and every student. This includes balancing our budget, managing and allocating resources, meeting our financial obligations, ensuring accountability, and conforming to both District policy and State and Federal laws.

3B General Obligation Bonds: Building for the Future

Please visit our bond page for more information about how 3B funds are spent.

Financial Transparency

Visit the Financial Transparency page for free public access to many financial information documents.

Financial Transparency
Eagle County School District is committed to providing a clear view of how tax dollars are spent and how the District operates.

Please consider the context when evaluating financial transactions.  We welcome your questions regarding our financial transactions or records.

Awards & Recognition

ASBO Int Budget Award  GFOA Award


Meritorious Budget Award | Association of School Business Officials International | Vail Daily report (PDF)

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting Program | Government Finance Officers Association | Vail Daily report

Vacant & Underutilized Parcels per HB 16-1422, Sec. 3.5

School districts that authorize a charter school are obligated to prepare a list of any vacant or underused (with unused capacity to accommodate 250 students or more) building or land available during the next school year by November 1. Charter schools or other applicants may apply to the Board of Education to use the building or land and the board must act on the application in a public meeting within 90 days. 

Strategic Plan

We are directed by the District's strategic plan (en Español) to maintain stakeholder trust through transparent management of District finances:

  • maintain a community-based finance committee to provide additional oversight on audit reports
  • provide clear communications to stakeholders on fiscal matters
  • develop and maintain a comprehensive, outcomes-based budgeting strategy
  • identify opportunities to continuously strengthen the District's financial base
  • evaluate District programs based on a return-on-investment analysis
  • create and maintain a long-range Facilities Master Plan in concert with the academic program

How is the budget created? Where does funding come from?

Each Spring, the Finance department works with all departments to build the upcoming school year's budget. The proposed budget is typically presented to the Board of Education twice before being voted on for final approval. Anyone may review and comment on the proposed budget during the School Board meetings leading up to approval. Once the proposed budget is approved by the Board, it becomes the adopted budget and is posted on the Financial Transparency page.

Check out these articles for more information about how school funding works in Colorado:
Only about 30% of local property taxes fund our schools
Communities across the state can authorize additional investment in their schools only through a "mill levy override" that is passed by voters during an election. In 2015-16 Eagle County generates override funding of 2.174 mills which equates to approximately 13.8% of Total Program Funding. Many communities have maximized their mill levy override at 25% of Total Program Funding.