Wayzata Public Schools

Business & Finance

Our district is financially strong. We are proud to have maintained a AAA bond rating since September 2008. Only 50 districts across the country have this rating.

Our department is responsible for the monetary aspects of operating the school district, including the following functions:

  • Accounts Payable & Receivable
  • Budgeting
  • Buildings & Grounds
  • Culinary Express (Food Service)
  • Transportation
  • Payroll
  • Purchasing
  • Student Accounting


Jim Westrum
Executive Director of Business and Finance

Jill Schwint

Melissa Lahr
Finance Supervisor

Student Accounting

The state of Minnesota requires the district to report student enrollment in great detail. This includes the number of hours each student is enrolled, as well as information about ethnicity, home language spoken, disabilities and much more. Much of this information is required in order to calculate the amount of state aid the district is entitled to under various state programs.

Non-Public Education

Please visit the Welcome Center for current resources and annual forms.

Accounts Payable

The accounts payable staff is responsible for payments for goods and services purchased by the district. Accounts payable can be reached at accountspayable@wayzataschools.org.


Purchasing staff are responsible for purchasing goods or services for the district and its schools. Their objective is to obtain the best possible value at the lowest price. State law requires large dollar amount purchases to be made through an open bidding process, which is also managed by the purchasing department.

Financing Education in Minnesota

The financing of elementary and secondary education in Minnesota is through a combination of state collected taxes (primarily income and sales) and locally collected property taxes. Revenue to school districts is received in three major categories. For more information, please read Financing Education in Minnesota, produced by the Minnesota House of Representatives Fiscal Analysis Department.

Annual Financial Reports

Our Fiscal Year 2018 Audit was conducted by the firm of Malloy, Montague, Karnowski, Radosevich & Co., P.A. They presented the results of that audit to the School Board at the November 26, 2018 work session and December 10, 2018 regular meeting. The following reports were shared with the Wayzata School Board:

  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
  • Management Report
  • Special Purpose Audit Reports
  • Extracurricular Student Activity Accounts Financial Report

The District has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Association of School Business Officials for 34 consecutive years. This award signifies the District's commitment to financial accountability and transparency and is only received by a small number of Minnesota school districts. A good source of information is the Management Discussion and Analysis section starting on page 4 of the 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (see below).

Preliminary Budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020

District Revenues and Expenditures for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019

2018 Truth in Taxation

Public Bid Notices

Bid notices will be posted here as they are published.