How to Read a Five-Year Forecast

Recognizing the importance of discussing school district finances, the Ohio Department of Education and Workforce (DEW) has developed this guide to assist teachers, administrators, Boards of Education, community members or other individuals in developing a general understanding of a school district’s five-year forecast.

Additionally, this document includes DEW’s perspective of the forecast’s purpose, O.R.C. and O.A.C. requirements for school district forecasts, definitions of key terms, an expectation of key lines, some general beliefs on what a “good” forecast should contain, and a line-by-line explanation of the forecast.

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Last Modified: 11/2/2023 10:16:08 AM