Transparency and Accountability

The Queen Creek Unified School District (QCUSD) demonstrates its commitment to fiscal responsibility by diligently adhering to both state and federal laws and guidelines, ensuring that every dollar allocated is directed towards maximizing student benefits and educational outcomes.

Accountability Measure District (QCUSD) Charter Private ESA Voucher
Annual External Financial Audits
Annual Arizona Auditor General
Compliance Questionnaire Review
Food Service Compliance Audits **
Arizona Auditor General Performance Audit
Arizona Auditor General Classroom
Spending Report
Follow Uniform System of Financial Records
Comply with Public Record Requests
Convene Governing Board monthly
while school is in session
No family members on Governing Board
Required to pay into Arizona
State Retirement System
Complete proposed, adopted,
December revision and May
revision of budgets and post
on ADE website with link on
the district website
Annual Financial Report posted
on ADE and district website
Annual Comprehensive Financial Report
Adhere to Arizona Title 15 ***
Arizona Procurement Laws *
Federal Procurement Laws *
All Students Accepted
Teacher Certification ****
School District Employee Report
Track and Submit Transportation Data
School Facilities Board
minimum adequacy guidelines
Limitations on contracting
(Board Members, Employees, and their family)
Report student enrollment
and attendance to ADE

**Only if they choose to participate in the federal program
***Partial participation
****Special education required

Classroom Spending

QCUSD exemplifies a premier educational choice by prioritizing students above all else, with administrative costs per student lower than similar-sized districts. Additionally, classroom spending in QCUSD ranks among the highest, reflecting our commitment to investing in each student's path to excellence.

Admin Cost Comparison

The following is a list of district and charter schools within or near the QCUSD boundaries. Even though the data is collected, the Office of the Auditor General does not complete a charter spending analysis, so below is charter administrative data compared to QCUSD from 2023.

* The data below is factual information. QCUSD does not take an official position on the information displayed below. Source: Arizona Department of Education - State Superintendent's Annual Financial Report 2023.

Educational Institution Admin Cost per ADM % of Total Expenditures
QCUSD $874 9%
American Leadership Academy, Inc $2,428 26%
Legacy Traditional Academy - Queen Creek $2,338 24%
Benjamin Franklin Charter School - Queen Creek $1,803 23%
BASIS Charter Schools $1,413 15%
Leading Edge Academy - Queen Creek $2,936 34%
ASU Preparatory Academy $3,165 22%
Happy Valley East $1,585 14%
Heritage Academy $898 13%
State Average $1,207
District Peer Average $1,116

Frequently Asked Questions

What is classroom spending?

Each year, the Arizona Auditor General provides a school district spending analysis based on the district's annual financial report and other sources of district financial data. Throughout the analysis, terms and categories used are from the "United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) which prescribes requirements for district and state reporting, providing the ability to compare individual Arizona school districts’ spending to Arizona peer districts’ averages and Arizona’s spending to national averages, as well as monitor Arizona’s and individual Arizona districts’ spending over time. Specifically, total spending represents a district’s combined operational and nonoperational spending which are broken down by their respective areas below. Operational spending, which is the focus of many of the graphics on the state and individual district results pages, includes instructional spending as well as spending for student support, instruction support, administration, plant operations, food service, and transportation.” (Cited from OAG report glossary) Classroom spending is the combination of instructional, student support, and instruction support spending.

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What does classroom spending look like in QCUSD?

In fiscal year 2022–2023, QCUSD demonstrated exemplary fiscal responsibility by maintaining one of the most modest administrative expense levels among its peer group and the state average. This data underscores QCUSD's efficient management practices, as it indicates a lean administrative structure compared to other district/charter schools. Despite ranking lowest in administrative expenditure, QCUSD further demonstrated its commitment to fiscal prudence by reducing spending in this category from FY22 to FY23. This strategic allocation of resources suggests that, even as QCUSD expands its enrollment and teaching staff, the growth in administrative positions has been carefully managed, allowing for a greater portion of the budget to be directed towards classroom investments.

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What are administrative costs?

Based on the Office of the Auditor General, the following is a definition of administrative spending for school districts in Arizona. “Superintendents, principals, business managers, clerical, and other staff who perform accounting, payroll, purchasing, warehousing, printing, human resource activities, and administrative technology services; and other costs related to these services and the governing board.”

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What is ADM?

Arizona schools are funded on average daily membership (ADM). ADM is the number of days a student is enrolled with the school for the first 100 days of school. For example, if a student enrolls on day 11 of school and remains enrolled for the rest of the year, the school will be funded at .9 for that student because they were enrolled for 90 of the first 100 days.

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