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District's revenue below average

Revenue for 48 metropolitan school districts averaged $9,813 per student for the 2007-2008 school year, but funding for School District 833 was below that at $8,989, according to data compiled by the Minnesota Department of Education and given to school board members at the July 9 meeting.

The main reason for low district revenue is that other districts have more commercial and industrial taxable property, according to district Finance Director Aaron Bushberger.

The district ranked 34th of 48 in total operating expenses. District-level administration ranked 46th of 48 districts. Regular instruction ranked 21st. Pupil support services ranked sixth. Operations and maintenance ranked 38th.

Judy Spooner
Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
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