School districts typically incur debt for capital projects. This table shows the ratio of debt to number of students enrolled. The MMSD's ratio is below that of surrounding districts and large districts in the state of Wisconsin.

Debt Comparison Based on Debt vs. Enrollment    
       
Dane County School District Total L-T Bond Debt Enrollment Debt/Enrollment
Sun Prairie 161,224,953 7,373 21,866.94
Monona Grove 53,544,393 3,152 17,304
Middleton 92,009,672 6,614 13,911.35
Waunakee 52,120,000 3,943 13,218.36
Mt. Horeb 20,145,000 2,370 8,500
Verona 27,435,000 5,316 5,160
Deforest 17,480,000 3,484 5,017.22
Stoughton 16,020,000 3,290 4,869.30
Oregon 15,920,000 3,736 4,261.24
McFarland 11,670,000 4,293 2,718.38
Madison 68,480,000 27,112 2,525.82
       
Milwaukee 340,095,227 78,363 4,340.00
Statewide Totals 4,508,679,291 872,436 5,167.92