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Balanced Budget Process

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Rockwood is more than just a school district; it is a nurturing school community that fosters individual talents and encourages collaborative thinking among our district leadership and staff, as well as our 20,000 students.

That is why the district is on track in its balanced budget process.

Budgeting Operates Within a Set Framework

From the beginning of the budget process to the formal approval, there is considerable scrutiny of the budget to ensure district resources are being used to provide outstanding instruction and support for each and every student. The annual budget process includes the following timelines:

  • October: Request department level budgets. Receive student enrollment projections. Determine school building allocation based on projected enrollment. Review staffing levels. Project revenues.
  • November: Review budget from Superintendent and Cabinet.
  • December: Present preliminary balanced budget to the Board of Education.
  • January–April: Ongoing budget management with subsequent discussions and decisions.
  • May: Update operating funds presented to Board of Education.
  • June: Adopt budget.

Financial Transparency

To keep the public fully informed on the school district's financial actions and health, Rockwood Finance makes monthly financial reports available. You can find the latest information on revenue and expenditures via the executive summary - projection reports, as listed below.

Rockwood: A Responsible Steward

Rockwood continues to be a responsible steward of the community's tax dollars. Our fiscal integrity earns the district top honors for its conservative, prudent budgeting. This includes a AAA rating from Standard & Poor's, a recognition earned by only four school districts in the state. In addition, the school district's financial planning and management was recognized by the Association of School Business Officials and awarded the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA).