The Minnesota Office of School Trust Lands is pleased to announce the launch of its new website at www.mn.gov/school-trust-lands.
This is the first-ever website devoted to the state’s 3.5 million acres of school trust lands — an important, little known, and often misunderstood category of land ownership and school funding. These lands are set aside in the state constitution and deliver tens of millions of dollars annually to Minnesota’s K-12 public school districts.
The new website has a clean uncluttered design offering quick and easy access to essential information.
Key features include details about:
- The fascinating history and unique purpose of school trust lands;
- Management activities generating revenue to support public schools; and
- Current projects and future revenue opportunities.
The website has a specific section devoted to the trust’s beneficiaries — the state’s more than 850,000 K-12 public school students. Here, users can utilize an interactive map to learn how much annual revenue their individual school district receives from the school trust fund.
“We are thrilled to launch our new website and strongly feel it will serve as a useful, informative portal for telling the story about the state’s school trust lands and the benefits they provide to Minnesota’s schools. As trustees, it is incumbent upon us to provide accessible and accurate information to everybody with a shared interest in public education and this unique form of school funding.” — Aaron Vande Linde, Director, Minnesota Office of School Trust Lands
ABOUT THE MINNESOTA OFFICE OF SCHOOL TRUST LANDS: The Minnesota Office of School Trust Lands was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 2012. The Office has three core functions: (1) it serves in an advisory role to the Governor, Executive Council, Land Exchange Board and Department of Natural Resources on school trust management activities, (2) works in conjunction with the Legislative Permanent School Fund Commission on legislation to improve school trust land assets, and (3) develops long range strategic plans to ensure the state’s school trust natural resources are optimally managed for current and future beneficiaries.