Business Services Department
4115 Ambassador Blvd. NW
St. Francis, MN 55070
Business Services Director
MARSS/Infinite Campus Student Support
The purpose of the Business Services Department is to support the school district in meeting its educational goals by accurately accounting for all financial transactions of the school district and by providing timely and friendly service on all business matters.
The school board and the Financial Planning Action Committee of St. Francis Area Schools are committed to maximizing dollars sent to the classroom while maintaining balanced budgets and sound financial practices.
The school 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 school district received its fifth MDE School Finance Award in February 2010 in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in financial management, including compliance with state statutes.
The school 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 St. Francis Area Schools finances with surrounding school districts and other school districts of similar size. Per these reports, the school district is at the bottom of the charts for revenues per student and in the top percentages for dollars sent to the classroom.
Financial Statements and Supplemental Information
- Management Report presented to School Board January 14, 2019
- Preliminary Budget 2018-19 presented to School Board June 25, 2018
- 2017-18 Adopted Budget
- Audit Report Year Ended June 30, 2017 presented to School Board January 22, 2018
- Financial Forum Presentation January 29, 2018
Note: Dates are for guidance purposes; actual dates may vary.
Property Tax Information
A Truth in Taxation presentation is given at the regular school board meeting in December of each year.
Refunds and Deferral Programs
Property Tax Refund information is available here.
There are three types of property tax refunds—each with different criteria. There is a renter property tax refund, a regular homeowner property tax refund, and a special property tax refund.
You must have been either a full- or part-year resident of Minnesota during the year.
You cannot be a dependent.
As a homeowner or mobile home owner, your property must be classified as your homestead.
As a renter, you must have lived in a building in which property taxes were assessed or payment was made in lieu of property taxes. If you are not sure if property taxes are assessed on your building, contact your landlord.
Relative homesteads do not qualify.
Senior Citizen Tax Deferral Program
This is not a refund or rebate program. It is for senior citizens whose household income is less than $60,000. There is an application process. More information can be found at here (click on the Senior Citizens Property tax deferral program).
$25,000 – below
No formal quotes are needed
$25,000 - $99,999
All merchandise in this category must have at least two quotes
$100,000 & up
Must be formally bid. This applies to single items or a group of items from the same vendor. Purchases in this category are approved by the School Board at their regular meeting.