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Business Services

The Business Services Department supports the education of all students by effectively managing financial resources for the district in compliance with internal and external accountability requirements. Specific functions include:

Accounts Payable

The accounts payable staff is responsible for payments for goods and services purchased by the district.

Mailing address for invoices and statements is the same as the main district mailing address. Please indicate Accounts Payable on the envelope. Invoices may also be emailed to

Orono Public Schools
Attn: Accounts Payable
685 Old Crystal Bay Road North
Long Lake, Minnesota 55356


Annually in June, the School Board adopts a preliminary budget for the following fiscal year, followed by a final budget in late winter to spring. Financial reports, budgets and property tax levies for each fiscal year can be viewed here.


Purchasing staff are responsible for purchasing goods or services for the district and its schools. Their objective is to obtain the best possible value at the lowest price. State law requires large dollar amount purchases to be made through an open bidding process.

Business Services Procedures Manual

Annual Audit

In accordance with state law, an independent audit is performed on district finances every year. The auditing firm MMKR & Co., P.A. conducts the audit.

Student Accounting

The State of Minnesota requires the district to report student enrollment in great detail. This includes the number of hours each student is enrolled, as well as information about ethnicity, home language spoken, disabilities and more. Much of this information is required to calculate the amount of state aid the district is entitled to under various state programs.

Additional Resources

For additional information about the department, please contact:

Amy Groschen

Account Specialist



Lauren Spoke

Child Nutrition Specialist


Jackie DeRoma

Child Nutrition Supervisor


Lauren Syrup

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Director of Finance


Jim Westrum

Jim Westrum

Executive Director of Business Services


Lynette Ische

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Marcia Zajac

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