Concurrent Enrollment Fix Signed by Governor

By John Forester | April 17, 2018

Assembly Bill 805, the so-called “Concurrent Enrollment Fix”, was signed into law yesterday by Governor Scott Walker as Act 307.  The SAA strongly supported this bill.

You might recall that the Early College Credit Program (ECCP) adopted in the 2017-19 State Budget increased school district fiscal exposure for participation in concurrent enrollment programs.  Act 307 simply exempts concurrent enrollment programs from the new ECCP requirements. See this Legislative Council Amendment Memo for a good summary of the bill’s provisions.

Special thanks to Rep. Dale Kooyenga for authoring this legislation.  Hats off as well to Elmbrook Superintendent Mark Hansen for his leadership in advocating for this important law change.

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Blue Ribbon Commission To Meet April 23rd

By John Forester | April 17, 2018

The Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding will hold a public hearing at 2:00pm on Monday, April 23rd at CESA 6, 2300 WI-44, Oshkosh, WI 54904.

Invited speakers include representatives from the following areas:  Appleton School District, Neenah School District, Lomira School District, and CESA 6.  Following the invited speakers, members of the public will be able to share their thoughts with the Commission.  This public testimony will be limited to 5 minutes for each speaker.  The hearing will conclude at 6:00pm.

As a reminder, here are the SAA’s discussion points for the Blue Ribbon Commission.  The SAA encourages members to use this information as well as examples from your district and your own expertise, in developing your communications to the Commission.  Stay tuned.  The SAA will keep members informed of Commission developments.

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Rep. Kleefisch Won’t Seek Re-Election

By John Forester | April 16, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, announced he won’t seek re-election this fall.

In his announcement posted on Facebook, the lawmaker from the 38th AD said he looks forward to his children knowing him outside of a public role.

Kleefisch, a former television news reporter, has served in the Legislature since 2004.

“From then until now, I have never stopped believing that hard work and heartfelt convictions can make this state a better place for the people who live here. I am blessed to have had such victories in fighting human trafficking, combating the opioid crisis, cracking down on sex offenders and making it easier for more hunters and anglers to get into Wisconsin’s great outdoors,” he wrote on Facebook.

Kleefisch is the 13th member of the chamber to decide against seeking re-election this fall. Six members have announced plans to retire without seeking another office; five are running for another office; one has already won a local office and resigned; and one joined the Walker administration.

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Supreme Court to Take Up DPI Case Again

By John Forester | April 16, 2018

The state Supreme Court agreed Friday to revisit one of its decisions from just two years ago to determine how much power Wisconsin’s schools superintendent has.

The case is packed with political implications because it pits Republican Gov. Scott Walker against one of his Democratic challengers, Superintendent Tony Evers.

Check out the rest of the news story by Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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School-Based Mental Health Grants Now Available

By John Forester | April 13, 2018

The most recent governor’s budget provides funding, beginning in fiscal year 2019, to create a new mental health grant program (Wis. Stat. sec. 115.367). The Department of Public Instruction will award grants to school districts, and operators of independent charter schools, to be used for the purpose of providing mental health services to pupils, in collaboration with community health agencies. Strategies may include co-locating community mental health clinics in schools and providing screening and intervention services. School boards and independent charter schools may apply for a grant individually or as a consortium of school boards, charter schools, or both; also, Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs) can be considered a consortium of school boards.

Grant application
Grant application guidance

Grant Writing Workshops

Grant writing workshops are optional. If you choose to participate, register for one session only.
April 18, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
April 25 2:00-3:00 p.m.
April 30 9:00-10:00 p.m.

For questions about this information, contact Beth Herman (608) 267-9242

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Vos Will Not Run for Congress

By John Forester | April 13, 2018

From WisPolitics.com … 

— Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he’s passing on a bid for the 1st CD following House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement announcement earlier this week. 

Vos, R-Rochester, said in a statement this morning he’ll instead seek re-election to the Assembly and “continue to focus on maintaining the strong, historic majority” in that chamber.

“While I know that our nation’s capital desperately needs more conservative reformers from Wisconsin, Michelle and I have decided that we can do more good continuing to push state-based conservative reforms,” he said.

Other possible GOP candidates include: state Sen. Dave Craig, a former aide to Ryan; UW Regent Bryan Steil, the general counsel at a plastic film manufacturing firm; state Rep. Samantha Kerkman, of Salem; and former Racine County Exec. Jim Ladwig, who now works at SC Johnson as the director of Global Community Affairs.

Declared Dems are ironworker Randy Bryce and long-time school teacher Cathy Myers.

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Schimel: Two-Thirds of Districts Have Expressed Interest in Safety Grants

By John Forester | April 13, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

AG Brad Schimel says some two-thirds of school districts across the state have already expressed interest in applying for grant funding under the newly created Office of School Safety. 

While the office isn’t yet formally accepting applications, school districts since the end of March have been able to pen letters of interest to the Department of Justice about the projects they’re looking to implement and the estimated cost.

The office was created under a school safety bill Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last month. It’s in charge of administering a $100 million grant program that schools can apply for to make their buildings more secure.

Schimel said the DOJ is planning to announce the parameters of the grant next week, adding he expects every district in the state to apply.

“We’re envisioning a two-tier system that will start by making sure every school in the state is up to some basic minimal safety standards and then beyond that we’re encouraging some innovation,” he said.

He also noted he’s planning to hire a permanent director for the office in the next couple of weeks. Applications for the position were due April 8. It’s currently being filled by Interim Director Glenn Rehberg, a senior training officer and chair of the Tactical Skills, Scenario, and Tactical Emergency Casualty Care advisory committees in the DOJ’s Training and Standards Bureau.

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Source: Ryan Won’t Seek Re-Election

By John Forester | April 11, 2018

From WisPolitics.com …

House Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election this fall, according to a source with knowledge of his decision.

A campaign spokesman did not immediately return a call from WisPolitics.com.

Axios, which was first broke the news, reported Ryan friends said he was ready to step away from the job after passing an overhaul of the tax code. Also, friends said the Janesville Republican was contemplating losing the majority or holding just a slim majority after the November elections and decided there was no good time to leave.

Similar reports from other news organizations followed.

As rumors have floated that Ryan would not seek re-election, Wisconsin insiders have said the prospect of him stepping away from a re-election run would be a blow to the GOP caucus.

One, it would send a message about Republican chances at the polls in November. Two, it would put the party in a financial hole to hold onto his House seat. Ryan’s political operation reported on Monday he finished March with more than $10.5 million in the bank for his own re-election bid.

Dem challenger Randy Bryce, meanwhile, reported raising $2.1 million during the first quarter and finished the period with nearly $2.3 million cash on hand. Bryce, who faces Cathy Myers for the Dem nomination, has already raised $4.75 million, a big number for a first-time House candidate from Wisconsin.

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Rep. Weatherston Will Not Seek Re-election

By John Forester | April 10, 2018

From The Wheeler Report . . .

Rep. Tom Weatherston (AD-62) has announced he will not seek re-election. So far the following individuals announced they are not seeking re-election:

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School Referendum Results

By John Forester | April 5, 2018

From The Wheeler Report…

District Name Total Amount Type Brief Description
Adams-Friendship Area

Passed

$4,750,000.00 NR – 2018 Resolution authorizing the school district budget to exceed the revenue limit by $950,000 a year for five years for non-recurring purposes.
Alma

Passed

$925,000.00 NR – 2018 A 3-year referendum to exceed the revenue cap by $295,000 for the 18-19 school year; $295,000 for the 19-20 school year; and $335,000 for the 20-21 school year.
Alma

Passed

$25,000.00 RR – 2018 A referendum to exceed the revenue cap by an amount not to exceed $25,000 per year for the purpose of funding Fund 41 capital expenditures related to buildings and sites
Almond-Bancroft

Passed

$525,000.00 RR – 2018 To exceed revenue limits and calling a referendum to submit the revenue limit resolution to the electors
Arcadia

Passed

$4,000,000.00 Issue Debt not to exceed 4,000,000 to be used towards a new high school/middle school gymnasium, locker rooms, and weight room to go along with a 12,000,000 donation to add a joint use community center and a 1.2 million donation for an attached public library.
Beloit Turner

Failed

$26,800,000.00 Issue Debt New Construction     (2-5 Elementary School)
Addition/Renovation (FJ Turner High School)
Benton

 

$1,115,000.00 NR – 2018 BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the School District of Benton, Lafayette and
Grant Counties, Wisconsin, to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, ……….. and by an additional $150,000 for the 2018-2019 school year, $225,000 for the 2019-20 school year, and $370,000 for the 2020-21 through 2021-2022 school years for non-recurring purposes, consisting of continuing and enhancing the programs approved in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015, which includes sustaining operating expenses with which to maintain the current level of operations.
Benton

Passed

$300,000.00 RR – 2018 BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the School District of Benton, Lafayette and
Grant Counties, Wisconsin, to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $300,000 beginning with the 2018-2019 school year for recurring purposes,
Black Hawk

Passed

$500,000.00 Issue Debt Capital Improvement Referendum
Brillion

Passed

$5,600,000.00 Issue Debt For the purpose of paying the costs of improvements and renovations to the elementary/middle school building
Brown Deer

Passed

$25,900,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $25,900,000
Cambria-Friesland

Passed

$3,200,000.00 NR – 2018 To exceed the revenue limit for non-recurring purposes to maintain academic and educational programs, technology, and address facility needs.
Chippewa Falls Area

Passed

$65,000,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $65,000,000
Clayton

Passed

$3,000,000.00 NR – 2018 Budget to exceed revenue limit for four years for non-recurring purposes consisting of operational expenses.
Coleman

Passed

$10,850,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $10,850,000 (Base project to upgrade security and infrastructure and cafeteria addition)
Coleman

Passed

$2,980,000.00 Issue Debt INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,980,000 (STEAM Renovations and Improvements)
D C Everest Area

Passed

$59,875,000.00 Issue Debt Paying the cost of a district-wide school building and improvement program.
Delavan-Darien

Failed

 

$1,500,000.00 NR – 2018 Improvements to Borg Stadium, installation of a dual turf field for soccer/football, new track and academic and vocational areas at the high school, including culinary arts and autos
Delavan-Darien

Failed

$3,000,000.00 RR – 2018 Exceed the revenue limit by $3,000,000 beginning in 2018-19 for recurring purposes to pay for operating costs to maintain the District’s education programs
Ellsworth Community

Passed

$4,000,000.00 NR – 2018 Exceed revenue cap for non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining educational programming, technology, and facilities.
Fall Creek

Passed

$12,400,000.00 Issue Debt High School improvements consisting of:  building infrastructure, safety and security, including the addition of a secure entrance; classroom and music room modernization; renovation and expansion of the commons; construction of larger weight and fitness center; and acquisition of related furnishings, fixtures and equipment
Fall River

Passed

$7,800,000.00 Issue Debt The district will be looking to make the following improvements and updates in the following areas: capital maintenance and building infrastructure; learning space updates; communication and technology system upgrades; safety and security improvements; athletic facility, field and site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings fixtures and equipment. (Safety and Security, Learning Spaces/Educational needs (GEDO II, STEM), Facility Needs and Improvements and Athletics)
Frederic

Failed

$12,730,000.00 Issue Debt Facility improvement program consisting of:  all learning spaces and building mechanicals; safety, security and capital maintenance improvements; facility remodeling, additions, and renovations; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishing, fixtures and equipment
Frederic

Failed

$500,000.00 RR – 2018 Exceed the revenue limit by an amount not to exceed $500,000 on a recurring basis beginning with the 2018-19 school year for operational expenses, staffing, and maintenance costs.
Gilman

Passed

$2,975,000.00 NR – 2018 For non-recurring purposes consisting of educational programming, expenditures and operations.
Horicon

Passed

$22,920,000.00 Issue Debt The construction of a new elementary school; Junior/Senior High School site renovations including safety and security upgrades; and the creation of a consolidated campus.
Horicon

Passed

$3,600,000.00 Issue Debt Junior/Senior High School building infrastructure which includes; roofs, plumbing, HVAC, electrical updates, corridor upgrade.
Howard-Suamico

Passed

$29,250,000.00 NR – 2018 exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, for a duration of five years beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and ending with the 2022-2023 school year by an amount of $5,850,000 each year for non-recurring purposes consisting of reducing class sizes, employee compensation, and facility maintenance.
Hustisford

Passed

$600,000.00 NR – 2018 To exceed revenue limit by $200,000 each year for three years (starting Fiscal Year 2019)
Kiel Area

Passed

$8,400,000.00 NR – 2018 Exceed revenue cap by $840,000 per year for 10 years beginning with the 2018-2019 school year and ending with the 2027-28 school year for non-recurring purposes.
Kiel Area

Failed

$10,400,000.00 Issue Debt Issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,400,000 for renovating the high school athletic facilities and building and equipping a new performing arts center at Kiel High School.
Lacrosse

Passed

$20,875,000.00 NR – 2019 Exceed the revenue limit by $4,175,000 per year for five years for non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining educational programs, maintaining district facilities and maintaining and replacing technology.
Luxemburg-Casco

Passed

$11,900,000.00 Issue Debt the construction and equipping of an addition to the High School to create an attached middle school; and conversion of the current Middle School to an alternative high school.
Luxemburg-Casco

Passed

$15,900,000.00 Issue Debt construction of additions at the High School for a new gymnasium and a secure main entrance; construction of additions at the Primary School for a secure main entrance and classrooms; upgrades and improvements to the High School technical education and family and consumer science space and weight room; districtwide site and facility improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Manitowoc

Passed

$10,500,000.00 NR – 2018 Resolution Authorizing the Manitowoc Public School District to exceed its revenue limit by the amount of $3,500,000 on a non-recurring basis annually for each of the school years 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
Maple

Failed

$1,746,000.00 NR – 2018 Referendum to exceed the revenue limit by $582,000 each year for three years beginning with the 2018-19 school year for non-recurring purposes consisting of maintaining current programs and services, retaining staff, and updating technology education (shop) equipment.
Markesan

Passed

$4,380,000.00 NR – 2018 To maintain School District programs and operations
Merrill Area

Passed

$10,000,000.00 NR – 2018 Referendum to Exceed revenue limits by $2.5 million per year for four years on a non-recurring basis.
Mondovi

Passed

$1,350,000.00 NR – 2018 Resolution to exceed revenue cap by $450,000 each year commencing with the 2018-19 school year and ending with the 2020-2021 school year.
Montello

Failed

$3,700,000.00 Issue Debt Replacing portions of the roof, replacing roof-mounted air conditioning units, improving electrical controls, replacing carpet and removing asbestos, bringing the fire alarm system up to code.
Necedah Area

Passed

$2,880,000.00 NR – 2018 Non-recurring 4-Year Step Referendum Scenario: $690,000 year 1 & 2 and $750,000 year 3 & 4
New Lisbon

Passed

$2,100,000.00 NR – 2018 $525,000 for 4 years for ongoing educational programs, security upgrades and maintenance of facilities and ground.
New Lisbon

Passed

$1,500,000.00 Issue Debt $1.5 million for upgrades of outdoor athletic facilities.
Northern Ozaukee

Passed

$14,950,000.00 Issue Debt Referenda to request general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $14,950,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of a District-wide school facilities and programming improvements.
Peshtigo

Failed

$29,960,000.00 Issue Debt Constructing, furnishing and equipping a new middle-high school on District land, including a two-station gymnasium; and completing site improvements.
Peshtigo

Failed

$950,000.00 Issue Debt Constructing and equipping an additional one-station gymnasium and connected to the new middle-high school.
Phillips

Failed

$12,600,000.00 Issue Debt Additions, renovations, and remodeling of the elementary school
Plymouth

Passed

$31,900,000.00 Issue Debt This resolution states the Plymouth Joint School District’s intent to issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $31,900,000 for the purpose of  paying the cost of a school building and improvement program consisting of:  security improvements, construction of academic and athletic additions, remodeling and site improvements at Plymouth High School; security improvements, construction of gymnasium, cafeteria and academic additions, remodeling, roof replacement and HVAC upgrades at Parkview Elementary and Fairview Elementary Schools; district-wide security and communications system upgrades; and acquiring related fixtures, furnishings and equipment for these projects.
Prairie Farm

Passed

$3,250,000.00 NR – 2018 General operation
Prentice

Passed

$8,500,000.00 Issue Debt Purpose of paying the cost of a new school addition, renovations, capital maintenance, and building infrastructure improvements.
Randall J1

Passed

$2,025,000.00 NR – 2018 To maintain the current level of education programming and to operate the district.
Randall J1

Pased

$5,500,000.00 Issue Debt Facility improvements including security upgrades, classroom additions, cafeteria renovation, roof repair, acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment
River Falls

Passed

$45,860,000.00 Issue Debt
River Falls

Passed

$2,100,000.00 Issue Debt
Shell Lake

Passed

$12,200,000.00 Issue Debt Referendum for addition of 4K-2nd grade addition to our current school.
Shell Lake

Passed

$3,500,000.00 Issue Debt Resolution to build a new gymnasium
Shullsburg

Passed

$400,000.00 RR – 2018 Exceed the revenue cap on a recurring basis beginning in the 2018-19 school year for operational expenses, deferred maintenance projects and curriculum improvements.
Sparta Area

Passed

$28,500,000.00 Issue Debt New elementary school
Sparta Area

Passed

$4,000,000.00 Issue Debt Improvements and updates to existing elementary schools
Valders Area

Passed

$275,000.00 NR – 2018 The project is to upgrade technology equipment and infrastructure.
Valders Area

Passed

$6,375,000.00 Issue Debt The project is to repair and upgrade roofing, plumbing, HVAC, and bond issuance.
Westby Area

Passed

$1,725,000.00 NR – 2018 Exceed Revenue Limit to sustain educational programs and to operate the District.
Wheatland J1

Passed

$2,500,000.00 NR – 2018 Maintaining the current level of educational programming and operating the District
Wheatland J1

Passed

$8,450,000.00 Issue Debt Facility improvement program consisting of: updates to science and STEM classrooms and building mechanicals; safety, security and capital maintenance improvements; facility remodeling, additions, and renovations; site improvements; and acquisition of furnishings, fixtures and equipment.
Whitnall

Passed

$16,160,000.00 Issue Debt
Yorkville J2

Passed

$3,350,000.00 NR – 2018 Yorkville Jt. #2 School District seeks to exceed revenue limit on a non-recurring basis by $670,000 for the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 school years to support operations, educational programs and maintenance.

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