10/15 General Aid Run from DPI

By Dee Pettack | October 17, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction posted state general school aids on 10/15/22.  The information published includes certified general school aid amounts for each school district, as well as 2022-23 student enrollment numbers for independent charter schools and private schools participating in state parental choice programs. The enrollment numbers are used to determine the dollar amounts to be deducted or withheld from school districts’ aid payments to fund state parental choice programs.

For data and information pertaining to general school aids, read the DPI’s news release on its website.

The data published on fall student counts is unaudited and is based off enrollment counts performed on Sept. 16, 2022, the third Friday of September, and reported to the DPI.

For information pertaining to fall student counts and school district revenue limits, read the DPI’s news release on its website.

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Education Law Center Special Education Funding Report

By Dee Pettack | October 11, 2022

The National Education Law Center published a new study today based on the work done by the Wisconsin Policy Forum and with input from some of our public education advocates on Wisconsin’s special education reimbursement rateTheir findings are consistent with the information all of you have been sharing with us for many years, that districts are covering approximately $1.25 billion in unreimbursed special education costs.  Due to this being a national study, it may draw some additional attention from the media on this very important issue. 

Read the ELC’s report here, and they have a new interactive map to find the special education funding gaps in your district and region to help tell your district’s story.

Below are some quick facts regarding the state of special education funding in Wisconsin:

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Expulsion Notices Must Contain Specifics

By Dee Pettack | October 5, 2022

From the Legal Side…

In its most recent School Law FYI, the BoardmanClark Law Firm focuses on the specifics that must be contained in an expulsion notice.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates, and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of the BoardmanClark Law Firm.  The information in this update is no substitute for consulting with your district legal counsel, and we encourage you to do so.

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Human Growth and Development Instruction: What Does Wisconsin Law Require?

By Dee Pettack | October 5, 2022

From the Legal Side . . .

In its most recent Legal Update, the Renning, Lewis & Lacy Law Firm focuses on what Wisconsin law requires regarding human growth and development instruction.

The SAA regularly receives these legal updates and we believe this is valuable information for SAA members.  We are distributing this update to SAA members with the permission of Renning, Lewis & Lacy.  The information in this update is no substitute for consulting with your district legal counsel, and we encourage you to do so.

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Michels Campaign Does Not Respond to SAA Survey

By Dee Pettack | October 5, 2022

As you know, on September 8th the SAA asked the Michels and Evers campaigns to respond in writing to several questions on current education policy issues impacting Wisconsin public schools and public school children.

The Evers campaign submitted their responses prior to the September 28th deadline.  After multiple requests, we have yet to receive a response from the Michels campaign.

Stay tuned.

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Evers Campaign Answers SAA Survey Questions

By Dee Pettack | September 20, 2022

Governor Tony Evers has provided written answers to the SAA’s gubernatorial candidate survey questions.  We have not yet received a response from the Michels campaign.  The deadline to receive survey responses is September 28th.

Stay tuned.

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SAA News Release

By Dee Pettack | September 15, 2022

The SAA has issued a news release on State Superintendent Underly’s 2023-25 biennial budget request.

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DPI Submits $2.5 Billion 2023-25 Biennial Budget Request

By Dee Pettack | September 15, 2022

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction today requested $2.5 billion in its 2023-25 biennial budget submission to the Wisconsin Department of Administration.  For more information, see the DPI News Release below.

DPI submits 2023-25 biennial budget request (wi.gov)

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School Referendum Set for November Election

By Dee Pettack | September 13, 2022

From The Wheeler Report…

There are 77 school referendum over 56 school districts scheduled for the November 8 ballot. The 77 referenda include 38 to issue debt, 12 to exceed the revenue limit on a recurring basis, and 27 to exceed the revenue limit on a non-recurring basis. Taxpayers are being asked to expend $2,054,981,999 to pay for the 77 referenda.

Of the referendum to issue debt the largest is the La Crosse School district asking residents for $194,700,000 to purchase land, construct a new high school, and make renovations and improvements to the old high school for use as a middle school. The smallest issue debt request is from Howards Grove for $2,900,000 for renovating, improving, and equipping the high school gym and athletic fields. The 38 issue debt referenda total $1,699,155,000.

Verona Area School District is asking to exceed the revenue cap by $19 million a year on a recurring basis; the largest recurring request of the 12 recurring requests. The request is to “Exceed the revenue limit by $19,000,000 for the 2022-2023 school year and thereafter, for recurring purposes consisting of expenses related to ongoing educational programming, maintaining and supporting instructional and extracurricular programs, and paying salary and other operational expenses.”  Hilbert is requesting $200,000 per year on an ongoing basis to fund staffing for the career and technical education program and equipment. The 12 school districts are asking to exceed the revenue caps on a recurring basis for a total of $56,889,999.

Middleton-Cross Plains is asking to exceed their revenue cap by $65,470,000 over a four year period for “expenses related to ongoing educational and extracurricular programming, and compensation, and other operational expenses.”  Waterloo is the lowest of the 27 non-recurring list with a request for $3,500,000 over five years for “non-recurring purposes.”  The 27 schools are asking to exceed revenue caps on a non-recurring basis for a total of $298,847,000.

District District Name Total Amount Type Brief Description
0014 Adams-Friendship Area $12,600,000.00 NR – 2022 To exceed the revenue limit for four years at a total cost of $12.6 million.
0147 Appleton Area $129,800,000.00 Issue Debt Issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $129,800,000 for the purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement projects.
0147 Appleton Area $5,000,000.00 RR – 2023 We would like to exceed the revenue limit by $5,000,000 annually to fund increased staffing at the K – 2 level, which would allow us to reduce class sizes, add STEM staffing at the elementary and middle levels, and fund expenses for ongoing school building maintenance, cleaning, and utility costs.
0196 Athens $5,525,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $5,525,000
0196 Athens $1,670,000.00 RR – 2022 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET TO EXCEED REVENUE LIMIT FOR RECURRING PURPOSES
0217 Augusta $10,500,000.00 Issue Debt school facility improvement projects consisting of: construction of additions and renovations at the Elementary and Middle/High school, district-wide capital maintenance, building infrastructure, safety and sit improvements and furnishings, fixtures, and equipment
0217 Augusta $4,500,000.00 Issue Debt Construction of an addition for and equipping of a new gymnasium and related facility renovations and improvements at the Elementary school.
0245 Bangor $24,000,000.00 Issue Debt Capital Referendum
0350 Belleville $999,999.00 RR – 2023 To exceed the revenue limit by $999,999 beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, for recurring purposes consisting of operational and maintenance expenses.
1246 Cuba City $26,850,000.00 Issue Debt Capital referendum for building and remodeling
1246 Cuba City $200,000.00 RR – 2023 Recurring Referendum
1380 Delavan-Darien $15,200,000.00 NR – 2023 4 Year Non-Recurring Operational Referendum to exceed revenue cap by $3,800,000 beginning in 2023-2024 and ending in 2026-2027
1407 Denmark $31,000,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZINGGENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN ANAMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $31,000,000
1407 Denmark $2,775,000.00 NR – 2023 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SCHOOLDISTRICT BUDGET TO EXCEED REVENUE LIMITBY $925,000 PER YEAR FOR THREE YEARSFOR NON-RECURRING PURPOSES
1554 Eau Claire Area $98,600,000.00 Issue Debt To issue $ 98,600,000 to complete capital improvement projects at 11 of our schools.
1883 Fort Atkinson $22,000,000.00 Issue Debt $22M GO Bonds for secure entries, maintenance projects, and traffic flow improvements.
1883 Fort Atkinson $3,000,000.00 RR – 2022 $3M Recurring beginning in 2022-23
1883 Fort Atkinson $13,000,000.00 NR – 2023 $4M – 2023/24$4M – 2024/25$5M – 2025/26
1890 Fox Point J2 $12,400,000.00 NR – 2023 Non-Recurring Operational Referendum to Exceed Revenue Limit by $3.1 Million per year for Four Years, 2023-24 school year through 2026-27 school year.
2044 Geneva J4 $4,500,000.00 NR – 2023 Exceed Revenue cap – 2023-2024 to 2025-2026
2289 Green Bay Area $92,605,000.00 Issue Debt Question:  Shall the Green Bay Area Public School District, Brown County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $92,605,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school facility improvement project consisting of:  district-wide safety, security, building infrastructure and capital maintenance improvements; renovations and facility updates to secondary schools; construction of an addition at certain district buildings; district-wide athletic facility and site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment?
2303 Greenfield $20,000,000.00 NR – 2023 Resolution authorizing the School District budget exceed the revenue limit by $5,000,000 per year beginning in the 2023-24 school year and every school year thereafter, through the 2026-27 school year, for non-recurring purposes.
2534 Hilbert $8,270,000.00 Issue Debt This is to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $8,270,000 for additions and renovations to our Career and Technical Education areas, band and choir areas, locker room/fitness areas, and our lunch room/commons area.
2534 Hilbert $200,000.00 RR – 2022 This resolution will be used to fund staffing in the career and technical education area as well as acquire additional equipment for the career and technical education area.
2541 Hillsboro $3,000,000.00 NR – 2023 For non-recurring purposes to maintain District facilities and current programs.
2562 Holmen $650,000.00 RR – 2024 For recurring purposes consisting of building maintenance and technology.
2562 Holmen $74,750,000.00 Issue Debt Evergreen, Viking and Holmen Middle renovations, infrastructure, capital maintenance, safety and site improvements, Evergreen addition and Holmen Middle wing reconstruction and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment. Inclusive playground and safety surfaces at all four elementary schools.
2605 Howards Grove $39,800,000.00 Issue Debt Construction and furnishings for a middle school addition to the high school, district-wide infrastructure improvements, athletic facility work, and removal of current middle school.
2605 Howards Grove $2,900,000.00 Issue Debt Renovating, improving, and equipping the High School gymnasium and certain athletic fields and facilities located on district-owned land.
2702 Jefferson $34,000,000.00 Issue Debt District-wide safety, security and facility improvements.
2702 Jefferson $8,000,000.00 Issue Debt Construction and equipping an athletic complex.
2849 La Crosse $194,700,000.00 Issue Debt Issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $194,700,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of acquisition of land for and construction of a consolidated high school and renovations and improvements to the current high school buildings for conversion into middle schools
2898 Lake Mills Area $44,000,000.00 Issue Debt New intermediate building on district-owned land
2898 Lake Mills Area $950,000.00 RR – 2024 Operational referendum for ongoing expenditures associated with a new intermediate school
3206 Loyal $6,700,000.00 NR – 2023 Resolution Authorizing the School District Budget to exceed revenue limit for five years for non-recurring purposes.
3430 Menasha $99,700,000.00 Issue Debt For the public purpose of paying the cost of a school building and facilityimprovement project consisting of: the construction of a new Maplewood School on the existingsite and removal of the current building; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings,fixtures and equipment.
3500 Merrill Area $10,000,000.00 NR – 2023 Four Year Non-Recurring referendum in the amount of $2,500,000 per year beginning with the 23-24 school year.
3549 Middleton-Cross Plains $65,470,000.00 NR – 2023 Exceed Revenue Limits for four years, non-recurring for the expenses related to ongoing educational and extracurricular programming, and compensation, and other operational expenses.EXCEED REVENUE LIMITFOR FOUR YEARS FOR NON-RECURRING PURPOSES
3682 Monroe $88,000,000.00 Issue Debt Construction of new HS and related costs and capital maintenance improvements to Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
3794 Mount Horeb Area $4,820,000.00 RR – 2023 Exceed Revenue Limits by $4,820,000 beginning with the 2023-2024 school year for recurring purposes
3983 North Fond Du Lac $18,500,000.00 Issue Debt Amount not to exceed $18,500,000 for paying the cost of a school building and facility improvement projects
3983 North Fond Du Lac $2,400,000.00 NR – 2022 Exceed Revenue Limit by $800,000 for 3 years
4074 Oconto Falls $37,630,000.00 Issue Debt Capital Referendum to construct new middle school, removal of the existing middle school, secure entrances and roofs added/replaced at high school and elementary schools.
4095 Onalaska $75,000,000.00 Issue Debt Issue $75,000,000 of General Obligation Bonds for Addition/Remodel of Onalaska Middle School and Onalaska High School.
4095 Onalaska $21,650,000.00 NR – 2023 Exceed the revenue limit for operational purposes
4144 Oregon $11,400,000.00 RR – 2022 Shall the Oregon School District, Dane, Green and Rock Counties, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $5,420,000 for the 2022-2023 school year; by an additional $3,000,000 (for a total of $8,420,000) for the 2023-2024 school year; and by an additional $2,980,000 (for a total of $11,400,000) for the 2024-2025 school year and thereafter, for recurring purposes consisting of expenses to pay compensation and to sustain District instruction and operations?
4151 Parkview $6,000,000.00 NR – 2023
4151 Parkview $15,400,000.00 Issue Debt
4305 Peshtigo $39,950,000.00 Issue Debt School building and facility improvement project at the Middle/High School.
4389 Platteville $36,000,000.00 Issue Debt Issue Bonds in an amount not to exceed $36,000,000 for the purpose of paying the cost of improvements to school district buildings and grounds including Americans with Disabilities Act and safety improvements; cafeteria/kitchen renovations at the Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center and the High School; renovations and additions to the Neal Wilkins Early Learning Center, the Middle School and the High School; improvements to the High School outdoor activities complex; parent drive and parking safety upgrades at the Westview Elementary School; and equipment and furniture acquisition related to said projects.
4557 Prairie Farm $4,250,000.00 NR – 2023 General Operation
4613 Pulaski Community $8,500,000.00 NR – 2023 Exceed the revenue limit for purposes consisting of compensating and providingbenefits to teachers and staff, maintaining programs and services,and operating facilities.
4613 Pulaski Community $69,800,000.00 Issue Debt Issue Debt in the amount of $69,800,000  for the public purpose of paying the cost of a school facility improvement project.
4641 Random Lake $29,900,000.00 Issue Debt Building and facility improvement projects.
4781 Rhinelander $16,000,000.00 NR – 2023
4872 Ripon Area $5,100,000.00 NR – 2022 The Ripon Area School District will ask voters to consider a six-year non-recurring referendum to exceed revenue limits by $850,000 to sustain general operations.
5432 Somerset $25,500,000.00 Issue Debt Construction of Auditorium, improvements to stadium, track & field, renovating building systems and capital maintenance at ES
5432 Somerset $11,000,000.00 Issue Debt Construction of HS gymnasium space and construction of athletic fields
5457 Southern Door County $2,925,000.00 NR – 2023 Exceed Revenue Limit by $975000 per year for three years for non recurring purposes
5457 Southern Door County $14,900,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $14,900,000
5621 Stoughton Area $36,300,000.00 Issue Debt School facility improvement project for safety, security, energy efficiency, capital maintenance, site improvements, remodeling, and removal of old structures and construction of a new maintenance facility.
5621 Stoughton Area $11,700,000.00 Issue Debt Construction of a gymnasium addition at River Bluff Middle School and removal of Community Gym building.
5628 Stratford $2,935,000.00 NR – 2022 exceed the revenue limit specified, by $190,000 for the 2022-2023 school year, by $480,000 for the 2023-2024 school year, by $875,000 for the 2024-2025 school year, and by $1,390,000 for the 2025-2026 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of operational expenses
5656 Sun Prairie Area $9,000,000.00 RR – 2022 to pay for expenses related to maintaining class sizes, student services and staff compensation, providingfor substitute teacher coverage, increasing mental health services for students, and ongoingsafety and facility maintenance
5733 Three Lakes $21,250,000.00 NR – 2023 Five (5) year, $4,250,000 per year, non-recurring referendum for operational expenses
5824 Two Rivers $38,700,000.00 Issue Debt Facility addition at LB Clarke Middle School, renovations and district wide improvements to security, technology, sites, building systems and playgrounds.
5901 Verona Area $19,000,000.00 RR – 2023 Exceed the revenue limit by $19,000,000 for the 2022-2023 school year and thereafter, for recurring purposes consisting of expenses related to ongoing educational programming, maintaining and supporting instructional and extracurricular programs, and paying salary and other operational expenses.
5985 Viroqua Area $17,000,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION NUMBER I AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $17,000,000
5985 Viroqua Area $3,500,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION NUMBER IIAUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDSIN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $3,500,000
6118 Waterloo $3,500,000.00 NR – 2022 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET TO EXCEED REVENUE LIMIT BY $700,000 PER YEAR FOR FIVE YEARS FOR NON-RECURRING PURPOSES
6181 Waunakee Community $175,000,000.00 Issue Debt Construction of a new Heritage Elementary School on district-owned land; construction of a new middle school on district-owned land; removal of the current Heritage Elementary School building; district-wide renovations, capital maintenance and site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
6181 Waunakee Community $10,000,000.00 NR – 2022 Purposes consisting of expenses related to attracting and retaining staff, operating and maintaining any additional school facilities, and maintaining current programs and services.
6195 Waupaca $3,875,000.00 Issue Debt General Obligation Bonds for the purpose of district-wide safety and security upgrades.
6216 Waupun $2,940,000.00 NR – 2022 Exceed the revenue limit by $980,000 each year for three years; 22/23, 23/24, 24/25
6251 Wauzeka-Steuben $3,352,000.00 NR – 2022 4 year non recurring operational referendum
6461 Whitewater $17,600,000.00 NR – 2023 permission to exceed the revenue limit for maintaining targeted class sizes, maintaining student support and mental health services, maintaining comprehensive instructional and co-curricular programs, and maintaining technology, safety, and facilities infrastructure.
6678 Wisconsin Dells $4,800,000.00 NR – 2022 4 Year, Non-Recurring Operational Referendum for $1,200,000 per year ($4,800,000 total) from 2022-23 until 2025-26 school year.

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SAA Submits Questions to Evers, Michels Campaigns

By Dee Pettack | September 8, 2022

Earlier today, the SAA asked the Evers and Michels campaigns to respond in writing to several questions on current education issues impacting Wisconsin public schools and public school children.  Our intention is to forward the candidate responses to the entire SAA membership as soon as they are received.

We have asked the candidates to provide their written responses by Wednesday, September 28, 2022.  Stay tuned.

See the questions here.

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