Iowa For Education Session
Early arrivals were treated to a tour of
, including a chance to work out at the ‘The W’ (
Sports & Wellness
Center), an impressive facility which operates through a unique
college-community partnership. The tour was organized by LI 2010-11
class members Jay Boeding
and Seth Watkins.
session’s meetings were all conducted at
. Session planning chair
Fred Waldstein (LI 1991-92) and Darrel
, welcomed the class.
Mayor Bob Brunkhorst, City of
, shared a background
on education in Waverly and the collaborative relationship
between the City of
and the College.
Galen Howsare, VP of
, gave an overview of
financing education in
stressed the Six Things You
Should Know About
Enrollment - # of students enrolled the first Monday
in October determines the district's budget and spending authority
for the following year. Budget is set regardless of additional
students enrolling after this date.
Equalization - State Legislature established law that
"cost per student" across the state will be nearly equal
to ensure every student equal access to a quality education.
Allowable Growth - The State Legislature controls the
annual increase in dollars available per student. This is called
Balance - Ration of property tax and state aid support
in a district's budget varies by district. Property-rich districts
receive less state aid.
Employees - School district budget is "people
intensive" with approximately 80% allocated to salaries and
Restricted Funds - Restricted Funds cannot be used to
support the general operating fund.
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