FOREST CITY | The Forest City School District invites the public to attend a May 30 informational meeting on public school finance.
Guest speaker Larry Sigel, partner at Iowa School Finance Information Services, will overview the basics of the Iowa school funding formula and will provide insight into Forest City’s historical trends and how state policy level decisions impact the school district.
Two learning opportunities, noon - 1 p.m. or 7-8 p.m., are being offered on Wednesday, May 30, at the TSB Bank Community Room.
“We invited Larry to speak because he has worked with our district in the past and does an excellent job breaking down educational finance in terms of how the state funding works and how it impacts the decisions we make,” said Darwin Lehmann, superintendent.
Sigel will cover the basics of Iowa school funding including where the resources come from, how funds are allowed to be spent and what school districts spend the resources. He will provide insight into the district’s financial trends and talk about “pressure points” the district is facing. He will summarize by outlining state policy decisions and how they impact Forest City.
There will be time for Q&A.
“Understanding the connection between the actions of the legislature, demographics and ultimately the programs that we are offering to children have a profound impact on communities,” Sigel said. “Whether you are a parent, grandparent, teacher or taxpayer, I hope you join us.
“Understanding how the single largest state and local government expenditure in Iowa is funded and spent allows more informed interaction with elected officials.”