The mission of the Finance Department is to secure financial resources necessary to achieve the goals of the Opelika City Schools and use the best management information practices to ensure fiscal responsibility.

Financial control refers to the mechanism used for ensuring that resources are properly spent as directed by the school board and for making a comparison of the actual spending of funds to the planned expenditure of funds. The budgeting process is also for the purpose of 'management control' and is used for improving efficiency and effectiveness and for comparing enrollment trends, ratios of productivity and performance of students. The budgeting process is also a tool for planning and is a process that is directly connected to the strategic plan of the school and makes provision of "long-range forecasts of revenues, spending, enrollment, and student performance".

Economic uncertainties in the State and national economy have a profound effect on the District's budget. The staff, Board of Education and community at large are very aware of the effects of enrollment fluctuations and State budget uncertainties and plan accordingly. Opelika is committed to the long-term tradition of solid fiscal responsibility in the management of the District's finances.

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