School Trust Lands Generate $85.3M for Schools

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Montana school trust lands generated $85.3 million for public education and school facilities during Fiscal Year 2009.

The state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced Thursday that $61.2 million will go to K-12 public education while $24.2 million will fund school facilities and classroom technology.

DNRC Director Mary Sexton and Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who serves as chairman of the state Land Board, will present checks to Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau during a ceremony at the Capitol on Monday morning.

DNRC generates revenue through the management of 5.2 million acres of school trust lands and 6.2 million acres of state-owned mineral rights.