Business & Finance

Managing the Public’s Educational Resources

Des Moines Public Schools is proud to be a recipient of the Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award and the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement.

The Business & Finance department oversees a budget of more than $500 million — the largest school district budget in Iowa and the second largest local government budget in the state.

The department has been nationally recognized for excellence in financial management. In fact, for the past four years, both the Association of School Business Officials and the Government Finance Officers Association have honored Des Moines Public Schools as a leader in its accounting and reporting of public finances.

In addition to managing the school district’s budget, the Business & Finance department also coordinates the development of the budget and recommendations made to the School Board. An important component in that process is public input, including both citizens’ and an employees’ advisory committee that share ideas about issues on how the school district makes the best use of public funds. To learn more about the budget and the budget process, please visit the links in the menu to the right.

Beyond the school district’s budget, the Business & Finance department also oversees other programs and initiatives including Metro Kids, Community Education and the grant writing program. Click here to view the Business & Finance department’s organzation chart.

Chief Financial Officer

Thomas Harper

Address: 2323 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
P: 515-242-7745 | F: 515-242-8295 | E: thomas.harper@dmschools.org