Message from the Board of Education
Governor Walker has proposed to include a one-percent increase
in state general K-12education aid funding in the first year of the
upcoming biennial budget. However, his proposal does not
allow for a revenue limit increase for school districts.
Because the revenue limit statute controls the total amount of
state aid and property tax revenue available to school districts,
this proposal makes no additional funds available over the previous
year's amount. Actually, a flat revenue limit will result in
a decrease of $50 per student next year as there was a one-time $50
categorical aid distribution outside of the revenue controls.
Ironically, the Governor is proposing to make additional money
available to private voucher schools while freezing or reducing
resources for public schools.
The Governor's budget proposal will create a deficit for the
Sparta Area School District that will exceed $600,000. In
addition, if the District wants to continue participating in the
SAGE program, which guarantees small class sizes at the elementary
level, we will need toinvest in two additional classrooms due to
expanding enrollment, adding another $150,000 to the deficit.
Some members of the Wisconsin legislature, Democrat and
Republican, understand the concerns of public schools in Wisconsin
and have proposed a modest increase in school aids. We
encourage you to contact your legislators and ask them to support
an increase of at least $150 per student as proposed by legislative
leaders. Senators Julie Lassa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Jennifer Shilling (email@example.com),
and Representatives Amy Sue Vruwink (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and Lee Nerison (email@example.com)
understand the importance of maintaining strong schools in
Wisconsin, but need to hear from their constituents on this
What does $600,000 represent to the Sparta Area School
District? It is the value of salary and benefits for more
than eight teachers - all of our current fifth grade. It is
approximately twice the annual cost of running our Community
Learning Center (CLC) programs at Southside, Maplewood,
Lawrence-Lawson and Meadowview. $600,000 exceeds the combined
annual cost of all of our co-curricular activities, athletics,
organizations and clubs, including coaches and advisors.
Please contact our legislators and ask them to support proposals
to provide an increase in state funding for public
education. We should not be expanding the private voucher
school program at the expense of public education.
Sparta Area School District Board of Education
May 24: Sparta High School Graduation, 7 p.m., Memorial
Park (rain location Sparta High School)
May 27: Memorial Day, no school
May 28: Board of Education meeting, 7 p.m., AEC
May 30: SAILS Graduation, 7 p.m, Colonial
June 1: SMPA Silent Auction and Dance, 7 to
11p.m., Sparta American Legion
June 3: Sparta High School Band and Choral Awards, 6:30
p.m, SHS Cafeteria
June 6: Last Day of School
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the 2012-13 Sparta Area School District Calendar.
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the 2013-14 Sparta Area School District Calendar.
Information on enrolling your child in the Sparta Area School
District is available here.