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School Funding Basics

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School Funding Basics

School District Operational Funds (General Fund)The day-to-day operational fund for the school district.  This account pays for all employee salaries and benefits, supplies and equipment, utilities, insurance, busing, etc. 

The main source of funding in the General fund is the State’s per pupil payment, which is determined by the legislature. For the 2019-20 school year, the district is guaranteed $9,839 per pupil.  This dollar amount is a combination of direct state aid and a local contribution equivalent to the dollars generated by 60 general fund mills (general fund levy).  An additional source of revenue is the miscellaneous levy.

  • General Fund Levy – School Districts are required to levy a minimum of 60 general fund mills to support the state per pupil payment, with a maximum allowable levy of 70 mills.  Note:  Every dollar collected from the first 60-mills of this tax is deducted from the state per pupil payment to Mandan Public Schools.
  • Miscellaneous Levy – Schools may levy up to 12 mills under this levy.  These dollars are deposited in the general fund.  Mandan currently levies 9.51 of the 12 allowable mills in the miscellaneous levy.  

These local levies along with the state’s contribution to the per pupil payment account for 91% of the revenue in the general fund.  The majority of the remaining 9% is federal, state or local funding restricted for a specific purpose (grant funds).


School District Non-Operational FundsThese dollars cannot be used for operational expenses (Salary, Benefits, Supplies, Equipment, etc...)

  • Building Fund Levy - Mandan voters approved an 18-mill building fund levy many years ago.  We currently levy 18 mills.  These dollars may only be used for capital improvement and building projects.
  • Sinking & Interest Fund Levy – This levy is only used to pay off the debt incurred to construct buildings that were built after a vote of the people (e.g. original MMS building and Red Trail Elementary). 
  • Special Assessment Fund Levy – This levy must be used to pay city specials for infrastructure improvements (e.g. streets, sidewalks, curb and gutter, water and sewer, etc.).  



                                                                                                                       2019-2020                                                                                                                                      MPS Tax Levies                                   Mills Levied                                      Dollars Collected


General Fund                          60.00                                                $  8,425,886             

Misc. Fund                                 8.10                                                 $  1,335,503

Building Fund                          18.00                                                $  2,527,766

Sinking & Interest Fund         17.88                                                $  2,510,914

Special Assessment Fund       2.55                                                 $     358,100


 TOTALS                                 107.94                                                $15,158,169

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