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St. Francis Area Schools
A K-12 public school district serving the communities of Athens Township, Andover, Bethel, East Bethel, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, St. Francis and Stanford Township

Business Services

Purpose: 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.

Serving the district with over 145 years of combined experience, the Business Services Department is proud to fulfill its purpose every day.

Committed to balanced budgets and putting dollars in the classroom

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.

The 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.

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