In order to share information with our community, we have composed a transparency report to house all of our legally required documentation and helpful public documentation. 

Annual Individual Audit Reports | Budget | Curriculum and Instruction Information | Data Requests | Discipline Reports | ESSA School Improvement Plans | Financial - Legal Ads | Registration and Records Reports| School Board Campaign Records | Special Education Document | Student Accident Notification | Title 1 Documentation | World's Best Workforce

Achievement and Integration Plan

Annual Individual Audit Reports

School districts, charter schools, and educational cooperatives are required to have an annual independent financial audit, to submit audited financial data to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) electronically, and to submit all required components of the audit report to MDE and to the Office of the State Auditor.

The audit and financial statements included in the audit must be based on Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, the federal Single Audit Act, and the Minnesota Legal Compliance Guide issued by the Office of the State Auditor.

Annual Family Notifications

Below are district-wide notification letters to inform families and community members on health and safety topics. For more information, use the link below for a printable pdf of the document. 

Budget Information

Curriculum and Instruction

Data Requests

The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act (“MGDPA”) governs requests for access to government data. Government data is generally defined in Chapter 13 of the Minnesota Statutes. Requests for data under the MGDPA must be submitted to the “Responsible Authority” of Rochester Public Schools.  Superintendent Dr. Kent Pekel is the Responsible Authority.

In reference to all data requests, please review: 

To submit a data request, use the following form:

Finance - Legal Ads

Registration and Records

School Board Campaign Reports

In accordance with Minnesota Statute 211A.02, Subd.6, school districts, with school board elections or referenda elections in the month of November and have more than 400 registered voters, are required to post school board candidate and ballot initiative campaign finance reports on the district website. The reports need to be posted within 30 days of when the reports are filed. All reports must be maintained on the school district website for a minimum of four years.

Special Education

The Total Special Education System Plan for ISD 535 is in accordance with Minnesota Rule 3525.1100. This plan also includes an assurance for compliance with the federal requirements pertaining to districts’ special education responsibilities found in United States Code, title 20, chapter 33, and Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, part 300. This document is a companion to the Application for Special Education Funds – Statement of Assurances (ED-01350-29).

Student Accident Information

Testing Calendar

Title I Documentation

World's Best Workforce

The World’s Best Workforce (WBWF) bill was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2013 to ensure every school district in the state is making strides to increase student performance. Each district must develop a strategic plan that addresses the following five goals: all children are ready for kindergarten, all third-graders can read at grade level, all racial and economic achievement gaps between students are closed, all students are ready for career and college, all students graduate from high school.