Serving the district with over 145 years of combined
experience, the Business Services Department is proud to fulfill
its mission every day.
Mission: To support the district in meeting
its educational goals by accurately accounting for all financial
transactions of the district and by providing timely and
friendly service on all business matters.
Committed to balanced budgets and putting dollars in the
The school board and the Financial Planning Action Committee
are committed to maximizing dollars sent to the classroom while
maintaining balanced budgets and sound financial practices.
district has been recognized for its sound financial practices
by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Moody’s
Investors Services, and the auditors of Malloy Montague
Karnowski , Radosevich & Co. (MMKR). The district received its fifth MDE School Finance Award in February 2010 in recognition
of outstanding accomplishments in financial management,
including compliance with state statutes.
Moody’s upgraded the district’s credit rating from a medium
rating to a favorable credit rating on March 12, 2007. The Moody
report cites sound financial practices as one of the underlying
reasons for the bond rating upgrade.
The district has received seven audit reports with no audit findings. Per Ken Malloy, partner of the
independent auditing MMKR, less than 20 percent of the clients
of MMKR receive audit reports with no audit findings. That the
school district has seven school years with no audit findings is
due to the daily efforts of the Business Services Department and
school and program administrative staff and their commitment to sound financial practices.
Finally, the Worner Study and the Metropolitan Educational
Cooperative Service Unit reports offer comparisons of ISD 15
finances with surrounding districts and other districts of
similar size. Per these reports, the district is at the bottom
of the charts for revenues per student and in the top
percentages for dollars sent to the classroom.