MSOC stands for maintenance, supplies and operating costs. This sprawling category includes utility bills, textbooks, mowing the lawns, providing security and installing interactive whiteboards in classrooms, to name a few expenses.
Under the new funding model (see story), MSOC payments are scheduled to double by 2015.
And that’s a good thing, districts say, because their expenses are not covered now. Evergreen, for example, spent about $17.5 million on MSOC last school year, but only received about $12 million from the state.
Other districts’ percentages are similar. The feds don’t chip in for these costs, which means levy money is used to equip chemistry labs and keep the lights on.
Published on April 26, 2012