It is my great privilege to serve Linn-Mar Community School District as the Chief Financial/Operating Officer. My primary responsibilities for the District include:
- Allocating resources to the strategic priorities set forth by the Board of Education
- Financial planning and budgeting of the school district
- Ensuring compliance of local, state, and federal financial regulations and standards
- Reporting and communicating financial and operational information to the Board, stakeholders, and other appropriate agencies
- Assisting in the development and implementation of local district policy
- Establishing and monitoring effective internal controls and accounting processes
- Overseeing District support areas such as Business Services, Nutrition Services, Student Transportation, and Operations and Maintenance
Like all of the other professionals working at Linn-Mar my passion is to serve our students first, providing every possible opportunity to ensure success for each student that walks through our doors. None of this can be accomplished without “all-in” community support, so I thank the Linn-Mar Community for making public education a top priority and sharing this passion to make a positive impact in the lives of thousands of students each and every day!
1)Iowa school finance is based on the number of students we have in our district. The total amount of money our district has is determined primarily by the number of children enrolled at Linn-Mar. Except for a few specific tax levies dedicated to specific purposes, the state prohibits us from raising as much local money as we might otherwise want to fund our school district.
2)Annually, the Iowa State Legislature establishes the District’s general fund budget growth rate. This is called the supplemental state aid percentage.
3)Our district’s tax rate is primarily set by the school aid formula. There are only limited steps a school district can take to increase or decrease the property tax rate.
4)Certain funds have to be spent on certain things. Each tax levy has a limited purpose and the general fund is for everything else. Although it may not make sense that we have enough money to pave a parking lot or buy a computer, but not enough money to hire teachers (or vice versa), that’s the way the state law works.
5)Schools are a labor-intensive business: about 80 percent of a district’s General Fund is made up of staff salary costs and benefits.