Understanding School Finance

We are fortunate to live in a community where stakeholders are eager to learn more about school finance and advocacy during this legislative session. Therefore, Waukee Community School District will be offering six learning sessions for interested parents, students, staff and community members.

The content for these sessions will focus on educating the general public on how school financing and budgeting works. In addition, a description for the various levels of decision-making that occur when establishing a budget will also be shared. These sessions will be facilitated by superintendent Cindi McDonald, chief financial officer Lora Appenzeller-Miller and a member of the WCSD Board of Education. These sessions will also include opportunities for the public to ask questions and provide feedback.

The number of participants for each session will be limited to 30. Please remember to RSVP.

We look forward to this opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue related to the financial health of the district.

School Finance 101

  • Revenues
  • Expenditures
  • Funding Sources
  • Categorical Money

Session 1

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
4-5:15 p.m.
District Administration Office, 560 SE University Ave, Waukee, IA

RSVP to Session 1 by February 8

Session 4

Monday, February 19, 2018
6-7:15 p.m.
District Administration Office, 560 SE University Ave, Waukee, IA

Please RSVP to Session 4 by February 14

Understanding Checks & Balances

  • Where can I locate additional information regarding WCSD Finances?
  • What checks and balances are built into the business department? What are internal controls?
  • How are construction projects funded and what is the oversight process for construction projects?

Session 2

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
4-5:15 p.m.
District Administration Office, 560 SE University Ave, Waukee, IA

RSVP to Session 2 by February 8

Session 5

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
6-7:15 p.m.
District Administration Office, 560 SE University Ave, Waukee, IA

Please RSVP to Session 5 by February 14

Data-Driven Decision Making

  • How we align the allocation of funds with district mission, vision, theory of action and student achievement data.
  • How the district projects enrollment and plans for construction projects.
  • How the district uses a 5-year forecasting model to build the budget.

Session 3

Monday, February 26, 2018
4-5:15 p.m.
District Administration Office, 560 SE University Ave, Waukee, IA

RSVP to Session 3 by February 8

Session 6

Thursday, February 22, 2018
6-7:15 p.m.
District Administration Office, 560 SE University Ave, Waukee, IA

Please RSVP to Session 6 by February 14

560 Southeast University Avenue
Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone 515.987.5161
Fax 515.987.2701