The Waukee Community School District has more than 1,200 employees.

Budget Calendar

The preparation of the budget commences in October, with the certified enrollment taken on the first of the month. The certified enrollment provides the basis upon which the district receives property tax and state aid for the following fiscal year beginning July 1. The certified budget establishes the levies for each fund and corresponding tax rates. In addition, the certified budget establishes the anticipated maximum spending. These spending amounts may be amended during the year if needed. The line-item budget is finalized in December and works within the maximum spending limits set by the certified budget.

The budget process is ongoing throughout the year. The budget is not something set in concrete as conditions change throughout the year the budget may need to be modified to adapt to the changes. Providing a quality educational program, living within in the district revenues and maintaining good financial health requires constant monitoring throughout the year to ensure sound budget management.

The following table presents the key elements and dates in the FY2018-2019 budget process:

October 1, 2017 Certified Enrollment Count Day
October 15, 2017 Certified Enrollment Report due to the State
November 1, 2017 Special Education Enrollment Count
January 2018 Assessed Valuations received from Dallas County auditors and budget forms received from the Iowa Department of Management
February 2018 Superintendent and CFO Prepare Preliminary Budget
March 2018 Board of Education sets the budget hearing date for April 9, 2018 and received preliminary review of the proposed budget from Superintendent and CFO.
April 9, 2018 Board of Education conducts a public hearing to certify the FY2018-2019 Budget.
April 15, 2018 Deadline to certify FY2018-2019 Budget.
May 14, 2018 Regular board meeting conducted and date is set for FY2017-2018 budget amendment hearing, if necessary.
May 29, 2018 Board of Education conducts its FY2017-2018 budget amendment hearing and amendment documents are sent to the county auditor, if necessary.
July 17, 2018 Business office begins distribution of electronic budget worksheets to building administrations.
July 31, 2018 Building administrators will submit electronic budget worksheets.
August 2018 Building budgets will be entered into the district accounting system.
Aug.-Sept. 2018 Building activity and grant carryover balances will be review and added to line item budgets.
Oct.-Nov. 2018 Final line item budgets entered into the district accounting system.


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