District Finance Updates

  • Last updated March 10, 2021

    Below are the excerpts from recent school board presentations and other publicly shared resources related to current district finances. This information is updated periodically, generally after board work sessions and meetings. 

Budget Cuts & Impact to Class Sizes

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Community Forum Financial Challenges - May 10, 2021

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    If you have questions about any of information, please contact the District Office - Superintendent's Office or the District Director of Finance, Bill Menozzi

  • For Immediate Release: August 3, 2021

    Shakopee Public Schools Awarded for Outstanding Financial Reporting

    District Awarded ASBO International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Award for FY2020 

    The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) recently awarded Shakopee Public Schools the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE). ASBO International’s COE recognizes districts that have met the program’s high standards for financial reporting and transparency. The District earned the Certificate of Excellence for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended 2020. Shakopee Public Schools is one of 32 school districts in Minnesota to receive this award.

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Shakopee Provides Taxpayer Savings

  • Finance Release | February 2021

    Recently, Shakopee Public Schools refunded two bonds that will save taxpayers $6.79 million dollars over the next 15 years. When the district refunds its bonds, it’s a process similar to when homeowners refinance their home loans. While this does not mean any additional funding for our schools, all savings from the refunding will go directly to taxpayers. The new lower interest rate on the district's refunding results in savings for district taxpayers. 

    The district is also proud to announce that Moody’s Investor Services recently upgraded the district’s bond credit rating from Baa1 to A3. The ratings rationale was based on planned structural adjustments being made to balance the general fund. The improved bond rating positively impacted the district’s ability to refund debt, making the two most recent bond refunds advantageous to taxpayers. 

    As Shakopee Public Schools moves forward with planned budget cuts and adjustments following an unsuccessful levy request last November (2020), recent bond activity has resulted in long-term taxpayer savings. 

    “School districts have faced many obstacles in the last year,” said Mike Redmond, Shakopee Public Schools Superintendent. “Despite the added pressures of COVID-19, our finance department has continued to work diligently to improve the district’s budget, stabilize the district’s finances and help save our taxpayers money.”

    The school board accepted the resolution for the most recent bond refunding at its February 22nd regular meeting

    To read more about Moody’s Investor Services rating for Shakopee Public Schools click here.