On November 15, 2010, Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers, revealed his comprehensive plan “Fair Funding for Our Future” around the state. The intent of this article is to summarize the proposal and how it would affect the School District of Chilton residents.
Some of the key components of the Fair Funding plan and what Evers hopes to achieve are as follows:
Increase guaranteed funding of all students from $1,000 to $3,000. This would give the property rich districts, who in the past have received little to no aid, some aid to assist with the education of their students.
Move levy credit allocations to equalization aid. Over the past six years, School aid has increased 1%, Categorical aids 20% and Levy Tax Credits 91%. Levy credits are considered by the State a part of school funding. The money allocated to levy credits is not distributed based on Equalized values, but rather by levy itself. This causes a district to present an inflated levy rate to the tax payers. The levy credit information is not given to school districts and as of the end of October, the information is not available.
Consolidate categorical aids. Currently there are a number of small categorical aid categories. This would combine all of the categorical aids and focus them on five high needs areas (Special Ed, High Cost Special Ed, Bilingual/Bicultural, SAGE and School Breakfast).
Maintain current growth to the Revenue Limits formula and establish predictable growth in state aids. Currently $200 per pupil increase in the revenue limit formula is stated in law. As was stated above, only 1% growth has been given to school aids over the past 6 years. This plan looks to have the greater of 2% or CPI.
According to the information that was provided by Evers, Chilton district would receive a 4.4% increase in aid. With this increase in state support, the 2010-2011 tax levy mill to our district tax payers would have dropped from $10.62 per thousand to $8.10 per thousand. Chilton has not seen a tax rate this low since 2000 when the mill rate was $7.61 (lowest in 30+ years).
It is extremely early to assume that Evers' plan will be adopted fully or in part by the new legislation and at this time Governor Elect Walker has not presented a budget proposal, though his office has referenced the state’s $3 billion budget deficit. K-12 education makes up 44% of the state’s budget, so one can only assume that education funding will have some changes.
I will keep you informed as more plans are released and additional information is attained.
Everyone is invited to attend the School District of Chilton's upcoming holiday music concerts. All events will be held at the Engler Center for the Performing Arts.
Monday, December 6 - Grades 5 and 6 Band and Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 12 - Grades 7 - 12 Choir Concert at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 13 - Grades 1 and 2 Vocal Concert at 6:30 p.m. and Grades 3 and 4 Vocal Concert at 7:30 p.m.
This note is to let you know about the options available to you with your 2011 Tiger Yearbook, which will be on sale Monday, October 18th- Wednesday, Oct. 27th
in the commons.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! The yearbook will be in color and it will also be slightly larger in dimensions. This is why the basic yearbook will now cost $40.00 and if you want name stamping, $45.00. You may also have a second line stamped on your cover, which could be "Class of 200?", depending on your grade level. This second line would add $3.00 to the price of the book for a total of $48.00. Also, you may add up to four icons to the cover of your book for an additional $3.00 per icon. There are 50 icons to choose from (see back). You may add an icon to your cover with either one line (name stamping) or two lines of personalization (name stamping + class). You may not have an icon or “class of” line without name stamping.
Sunday, September 26th at Heritage Orchard
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit students traveling to the National FFA Convention
Dates have been determined for the 2010-2011 school year.
The schedule is as follows:
October 14 Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
December 15 Wednesday 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
February 26 Saturday 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
April 18 Monday 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
All “Coffees” will be held at Seven Angels Restaurant
Notice: The Freshman/New Student Orientation is August 19 only. The August 20 date is incorrect.
The WIAA D2 Baseball Sectional hosted by Chilton on Tuesday, June 8 has been postponed until Wednesday, June 9. We will follow the same time schedule.
The School District of Chilton continues to offer the program called e-Funds for Schools. This program offers various options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments on-line and is extremely user friendly. Not only do you have the ability to have various school fees and lunch payments electronically withdrawn from your checking account or charged to your credit card, you also have the flexibility to make a payment at any time through the school’s website. The e-Funds For Schools service is offered to you by a third party service provider and they charge for processing your payment(s), similar to other on-line banking services. The district does not request or keep records of family checking or credit card account information.
The Chilton High School Spring Athletic Awards Night has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. due to a conflict with the spring coaches' meeting. The awards ceremony will take place in the Engler Center for the Performing Arts. Letter winners for baseball, softball, track, golf and boys' tennis will be recognized.
The Chilton High School Awards Night and Art/Technology Education Show have been set for Wednesday, May 19. The awards presentation will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Engler Center for the Performing Arts. Students receiving scholarships and/or awards will be notified by letter of invitation. The public is welcome to attend.