BusinessPLUS Position Budgeting: Collaboration between Heartland AEA and West Des Moines Community Schools Produces Results

December 4, 2013


  • Heartland Area Education Agencies (AEA) is one of nine agencies created by the Iowa Legislature to ensure efficient, effective, and equal educational opportunities for all children. Heartland, which has the largest enrollment of any Iowa AEA, provides public and accredited private schools in Central Iowa with services, programs, and resources for improving learning outcomes and the well-being of children and youth.
  • West Des Moines Community Schools is the ninth largest public school district in Iowa, with more than 9,000 students, approximately 1,200 employees, and 14 schools. For more than 100 years, the district “has been preparing learners for life.”
  • Since 2004, Heartland AEA has used BusinessPLUS for its financial reporting. The agency supports two school districts, West Des Moines and Johnston, with security for the financial and human resources management system and in using the software solution’s CDD (Click, Drag, and Drill) report writing tool.


Strongly committed to financial responsibility, West Des Moines School District wanted a detailed line item budget available from day one of the fiscal year.

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