Iowa Code requires school districts to give transparency to financial operations by publicly providing information on employment, enrollment, taxes, and budget items in a Financial Report Card. The Department of Education, Department of Management, and Grant Wood Area Education Agency 10 (GWAEA) have collaborated on a new and improved website to assist districts in this effort. The newly revised School District Financial Report Card will be hosted by GWAEA.
On the new GWAEA site, information on districts from state records will be available plus new data items to increase transparency for the public. First, the School District Financial Report Card will be part of the GWAEA Annual Statistical Report, a software application that allows comparison of districts on certain select characteristics. The site has added features to define variables and to link to other non-fiscal educational data of public interest. Second, detailed health insurance and health benefits for teachers and administrators will be added at a later date. The collaborating agencies will add another partner to the effort: the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). PERB has undertaken an initiation to build a statewide database and this information will be linked to the GWAEA site when the database is complete. Although these data will not be in the initial release now, they are expected to be linked by the fall of 2009.
Districts and their publics can navigate to the site directly:
Click here to read the 2007 financial report.