Big Sandy School funding has multiple layers


September 27, 2023

I’ve tried to write about school funding before. It has multiple levels and at times is difficult to completely understand. But at a recent board training, I was given a Montana School Finance Handout a 25-page document explaining school finances.

I thought I would start by giving the Big Sandy K-12 Budget for FY2024. The total of all funds is $3,564,573.44, but having written that it’s important to know there are ten different fund categories.

The General Fund is $2,127,853.49. Transportation is $250,000; Bus Depreciation Reserve is $644,293.54; Tuition is $40,000; Retirement i...

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