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Stewardship: A District Value

Orono Schools is committed to demonstrating constant accountability through responsible planning and use of resources. In an analysis over the past 19 years, audited financial records show the district, on average, controls actual costs to within a half-percent each year compared to the budget that the School Board approves.

2016-17 District Budget

The budget approved for the 2016-17 school year contains $43,482,077 in revenue and $44,007,286 in expenditures. The total budget consists of eight funds, each dedicated for a specific purpose.

Budget Categories and Funding Sources

General Fund (main operating budget)
Finances all operations of the district that are not accounted for in one of the special purpose funds. These expenditures include salaries, employee benefits, insurance, instructional materials and textbooks, student transportation, equipment, utilities, cleaning and maintenance.  Funding source: state aid, federal grants and property taxes 
Food Service Fund
Maintains a lunch program for students and staff.  Funding source:  sale of meals; state and federal aid 
Community Education Fund
Services residents in the areas of youth programs, adult education, recreation and community activities.

Funding source:  user fees, state aid, federal grants and property taxes 

Capital Expenditure Fund
 Represents resources available for approved expenditures for capital projects, deferred maintenance, textbooks and technology. Funding source: property taxes 
Building Fund
Uses the proceeds from authorized bond and capital projects referenda to finance major construction, remodeling projects, textbooks and technology.   Funding source: bond issues approved by district residents 
Debt Service Fund
Provides for payment of outstanding bonded debt incurred for constructing and remodeling buildings. Funding source: property taxes 
OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits) Debt Service
 Provides for payment of outstanding OPEB-bonded debt incurred for payment of OPEB liability. Funding source: property taxes  
OPEB Bonds
Reports resources set aside and held in an irrevocable trust arrangement for OPEB. 
Internal Services Fund
Accounts for the district’s self-funded insurance program. Funding source: transfers from other funds 
Trust and Agency Fund
Escrows money for scholarships.  Funding source: outside contributions 

Revenues and Expenditures

Fund Revenues Expenditures
General $30,994,665 $31,160,164
Capital Expenditures 2,574,760 2,751,399
Food Service 1,554,953 1,555,806
Community Education 3,164,745 3,099,698
Debt Service 4,439,275 4,418,003
OPEB Debt 416,466 424,698
OPEB Bonds 64,750 321,063
Internal Services 233,213 213,005
Trust and Agency 39,250 63,450
Total $43,482,077 $44,007,286


State law requires the Board of Education to certify a proposed tax levy by September 30 each year. In November, the Hennepin County auditor will mail notices to property owners indicating the levy proposed by each political jurisdiction.

You can review the District Revenues and Expenditures Budget for FY 2014 and FY 2015 the district completes for the Minnesota Department of Education

Financial records are audited annually by an independent certified public accounting firm. View the most recent audit report (2016).  A copy of the audit report is also available for review in the district’s Business Office.


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