FY 2019 Budget

20180322 Screen Shot 2018 03 22 at 10.00.55 AMDes Moines Public Schools administrators and the School Board are at work finalizing the FY 2019 budget, which goes into affect on July 1. On this page you may read a copy of the proposed budget, view presentations made at previous budget-related  meetings, see key dates in the budget process, and access other budget information.

FY 2019 Preliminary Budget

The FY 2018-19 preliminary budget is now available online. The preliminary budget proposes maximum expenditures of $581 million. The Iowa General Assembly approved a 1% increase in K-12 education funding. Since 2011, the annual increase in education funding in Iowa has average just 1.7%.

As Superintendent Ahart notes in his cover letter to the FY 2018-19 preliminary budget: “I implore everyone to remember that one of the tenets of public education is development of an informed citizenry – youth who grow up to become active, engaged participants in our democracy. This attack on public education – an education guaranteed to every student regardless of ability to pay, place of birth, or perceived ability – is an attack on the bedrock of our democracy. We at Des Moines Public Schools are actively engaged with our legislators to better support our public schools. But facts do not always outweigh political ideology. We welcome all voices in the effort to renew Iowa’s historical commitment to public education. The historically low funding set for public education creates significant long-term challenges Des Moines Public Schools and public education in all of Iowa.”

Virtual Budget Forum

Budget Parameters

  • The School Board adopted the following as parameters in establishing the school district’s budget:
  • Meet and stay within Board Management Limitations.
  • Maintain financial heath; provide a balanced budget.
  • Keep District Student Expectations and Board Beliefs at the forefront.
  • Review status of all levies; make strategic adjustments as needed.
  • Continue to seek operational efficiencies and improve operational effectiveness by continuing to incorporate continuous improvement methodologies in the District.
  • Continue to focus on drop-out prevention and graduation rate improvement strategies.
  • Focus on strategies to close the achievement gap, with added emphasis on males of color.
  • Improve English Language Learners (ELL) programming.
  • Place emphasis on supports for literacy programs and Algebra readiness.
  • The district will continue to invest in a professional development program to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the of district’s largest investments: the teaching force.
  • The District will continue to focus on increasing equity and access throughout the District for all students.
  • Continue to assess needs and evaluate programming to:
    1. Create innovative programs to meet unmet needs.
    2. Maintain or grow programs that are demonstrating success.
    3. Strategically abandon programs that do not demonstrate value.
    4. Assess and address curriculum needs and program delivery as needed to stay ahead of advances in technology and digital content.
  • Improve Parent and Student Engagement

Presentations and Documents

The following are presentations and documents related to the budget process:

Key Dates

The following are budget-related meetings, both past and upcoming. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Monday, April 16, 2018
Statutory deadline to submit FY 2017-18 budget

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – 6:00 PM
School Board Meeting
Central Campus – Multi-Purpose Room

Saturday, March 31, 2018 – 9:30 AM
Public Budget Forum
Lincoln High School – Commons

Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Public Budget Forum
Roosevelt High School – Library

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Public Budget Forum
East High School – Cafeteria

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Public Budget Forum
North High School – Library