Budget and Finance

 Budget and Finance


Our finance professionals are dedicated to providing the most cost efficient and effective system possible to support and enhance the learning environment and the operations of Minnetonka Public School District, by providing quality services to students, parents, taxpayers and staff. 

Did You Know?

Minnetonka Public Schools is one of only three (3) school districts in the State of Minnesota (and about 70 school districts in the nation) with a Moody's Aaa Bond Rating--the highest bond rating possible for any government or corporate entity. The rating reflects our commitment to responsible fiscal management and an outstanding level of community support for our schools.

Minnetonka School Board Budget Allocation Policy directs 77% of the District's annual operating budget to instruction. District administration consumes only 4% of the annual operating budget.

Minnetonka Public Schools has received a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting each year since 1995.

Clean Audit Report FY 2014

On November 3, 2014, the Minnetonka School Board received a clean audit report from the independent audit firm of CliftonLarsonAllen. Download the Executive Summary. Read the Comprehensive Financial Audit Report FY 2014.


 Financial Reports

Audit Summary.pdf
A 32 page Executive Audit Summary and Management Report for FY 2014
Bond Principal to Operating Ratio.pdf
Debt Bond to Operating Ratio
Budget Document.pdf
2014-15 School Year Budget
Budget Publication Report.pdf
District Revenues and Expenditures Budget for FY 2014 and 2015
Historical graph of district square footage added by decade
Debt Comparison.pdf
District Debt Below Metro Average.pdf
Comprehensive Financial Report for FY 2014
Minnesota School Finances.pdf
An Explanation of School Finance in Minnesota
outstanding_principal 11 05 11.pdf
Required Reports.pdf
Schedule of Federal Awards and other required reports FY 2013
Revenue for OE Students.pdf
Revenue for OE Students

 Fiscal Stewardship


Minnetonka prides itself on responsible and prudent fiscal stewardship. Aggressive financial management on the part of the Board and Administration has saved taxpayers money and ensured that the 83.7% of the District’s annual operating budget is directed to the classroom to support students and instruction.

·         The District’s Aaa Moody’s Bond Rating (the highest possible rating) is a testament to responsible financial management and strong fiscal oversight. 

·        ​ Minnetonka's annual operating fund expenditures per student (based on average daily membership) is $9,438 for FY13. According School District Profiles published by the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnetonka's per pupil spending is below the state average for like-size districts and below the seven-county metro area average. District debt service is also below the state and metro area.

·         A self-insured health insurance plan for employees is saving the District $6 million annually in insurance premiums.

·        ​Minnetonka has earned the Energy Star Leader Award, recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for improving energy efficiency and as a Top Performer for achieving an average Energy Star performance score of 81 across its portfolio of all buildings.  The District is one of only 211 Energy Star Leaders in the nation--across all industry sectors--since the program began in 2004.

·         Minnetonka continues to focus on innovative programs and high quality staff to attract families into the District. Planned enrollment growth benefits all programs and students in the District and protects the District from budget cuts during uncertain financial times. As the District approaches the enrollment limit that has been in place for each school, other strategies will be needed for sustaining finances.

·         ​Minnetonka is the top selected district for parent choice through Minnesota's Open Enrollment statute. More than 2,770 families elect to open enroll into Minnetonka Schools from 36 school districts in Minnesota.

·         Minnetonka has taken advantage of a competitive construction climate and record-low interest rates to invest in the long-term maintenance of our buildings. All district schools and the Minnetonka Community Education Center have been renovated since 2009. The excellent condition of our buildings signals to all who enter them that the Min​netonka School District is a place where important learning and community activities occur.

·         Public-private partnerships have funded exceptional fine arts and athletic facilities, allowing district funds to be focused on instructional space. Thanks to the City of Minnetonka for partnership in the Art Center on 7​ at Minnetonka High School; Minnetonka Diamond Club​ for contributions to Veterans and Legacy Fields (baseball and softball complex); Minnetonka Youth Hockey Association for funding the Pagel Center arena; the Minnetonka Anchor Club for contributions to the Minnetonka Aquatics programs (at MME in 2009 and MMW coming in 2013); the Touchdown Club for contributions to the Tonka Dome, Einer Anderson Stadium and Veterans Field; Hennepin County Youth Sports Program for granting Tennis Courts at MME, a playground area at Groveland, artificial surface for the MHS JV baseball field, and coming in 2013 an artificial surface for the MHS soccer/lacrosse practice fields. ​

·         ​Focusing on innovation in education, the Minnetonka Public Schools Foundation endows the Writing Center at MHS and funds more than $65,000 annually in innovative teacher grants. Since 1999, The Foundation has awarded close to $550,000 for grants that enhanced the curriculum in all academic subject areas, technology, fine arts, early childhood education, special education and community service. 

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