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District 196 spends less overall and directs more to regular instruction

Independent School District 196 spent less per pupil on general fund operating expenditures in fiscal year 2021 than the averages for school districts statewide, in the metro area, and Minnesota’s 10-largest districts. While spending less per pupil in total, District 196 directed a higher percentage of expenditures to regular classroom instruction compared to the averages statewide, in the metro area and the 10-largest districts.

Each spring, the Minnesota Department of Education makes available financial data for all public operating elementary and secondary independent school districts in the state. District 196 is the state’s fourth largest district. Comparable expenditure data for FY 2021 shows that District 196 spent less per pupil than the averages for the state, metro area and 10-largest districts overall and in four of the 10 categories of the general fund, including operations and maintenance, pupil support services, instructional support services and transportation. Conversely, in the category of regular instruction, District 196 spent approximately $379 more per pupil than the average for districts statewide and $315 more per pupil than the average for districts in the metro area. The regular instruction average for the 10-largest districts was higher, but not as a percentage of total general fund expenditures compared to District 196.

 

Expenditures Per Pupil for Fiscal Year 2021

 

 

Expenditure Category

 

 

District 196

 

State Average

 

Metro Average

 

10 Largest**

Average

 

Regular Instruction

$6,221

$5,842

$5,906

$6,279

Special Education

2,675

2,641

2,548

2,785

Operations, Maintenance & Other*

804

1,061

1,036

1,042

Student Transportation*

632

739

705

782

Instructional Support Services*

658

787

826

970

School-Level Administration

624

542

519

593

District-Level Administration

629

703

680

583

Student Activities & Athletics

223

298

294

219

Pupil Support Services*

381

471

499

608

Career & Technical Instruction

175

183

170

199

 

TOTAL

General Fund Operating Expenditures

 

 

$13,022

 

 

$13,267

 

 

$13,183

 

 

$14,060

 

* Category where District 196 spent less per pupil than the averages for the state, metro area and 10 largest districts.

** The 10 largest school districts in Minnesota in FY 2021 were, in order from largest: Anoka-Hennepin, St. Paul, Minneapolis, District 196, Osseo, South Washington County, Rochester, Elk River, Robbinsdale and Wayzata.