Fiscal Accountability and Responsibility.
Each year, Des Moines Public Schools shares two major documents on how more than $500 million in public funds are spent to educate students at Iowa’s largest provider of public education.
One document is the Adopted Budget and Financial Statements. In 2013, this document was updated with a new format with the goal of better organized information as well as a clearer description of the school district’s goals and objectives.
The other document is prepared by the external auditors for Des Moines Public Schools who complete a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) reviewing the district’s financial management for the previous fiscal year. Des Moines Public Schools has been widely recognized for its financial reporting. The school district routinely earns both the Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials.
The District first published a Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for FY 2018 as a companion to the CAFR. The PAFR is an easy-to-read publication that provides citizens with an overview of how their tax dollars are managed and spent. It is designed to be readily accessible and easily understandable and focuses on the general operating activities and key financial trends of the District’s General Fund.
Financial Report Card
Click here to go to the website for the Iowa Department of Education and the School District Financial Report Cards. From the pull-down menu, select Des Moines Independent Community School District and click on the “Select” button. Information contained in this report is prepared by the Iowa Department of Education in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Management.