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Crivitz School Board Passes Budget Revisions

Issue Date: November 22, 2017

Crivitz-During the Nov. 15 Crivitz Board of Education meeting, the 2017-2018 Budget Revision was passed. In a report submitted to Superintendent Patrick Mans, an explanation was provided for the need for the revision. Mans explained the budget which was adopted in August was an estimate based on information at that time. This budget revision now includes the final numbers based on property valuations, known staffing costs, and open enrollment aid.

The report went on to say that the revision shows a positive $293,885, much of which is a result of the state finalizing its biennial budget and increasing per pupil categorical aid by $200 per pupil, and an increase in the student enrollment as reflected in the third Friday in September student count. This money could be utilized in a number of ways including but not limited to upgrades and maintenance, future benefit cost increases, and/or new alternative compensation model for professional staff in years to come. There was also discussion of providing classroom enhancements for teachers. Decision on how to spend the additional dollars will be decided at future Board of Education meeting.

Mans took a few moments to explain the intricacies of the formula for state funding noting that public education state aid for Wisconsin for high property value school districts (which Crivitz is ranked as very high) under the revenue limit comes from the taxpayers, based on ability to pay according to the formula. Due to the fact that Crivitz is ranked as "High Property Value" it is placed into what is called Tertiary Need. Being in Tertiary need state aid means you basically lose 15% of state aid every year within that revenue limit. You don't lose that as operating revenue, you simply loose it as general state aid or tax revenues from the state.

When you lose 15% of your state aid, this money gets moved over onto the tax base so it is still within the operating budget. It's just shifted from General tax revenue of the state to local property tax revenues. The budget remains the same, it is just a way of sharing the property value in the state which is called Equalized Aid. Mans further explained that it can be confusing and in the past it had been reported that the school lost money. This was incorrect because lost state aid should have been lost, but it did not affect general operating budget.

Building Trade Instructor Brad Taylor presented the Board with the Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin School Award. This plaque was awarded by the Department of Public Instruction in recognition for the district building trades partnership with Wausaukee School District, NWTC and River Cities Habitat for Humanity.

Board member Gary Huc requested the item of School Start Date to be placed on the agenda for discussion. Board members discussed the pros and cons of starting school before/after the Labor Day Holiday. No decision was made at this time and further discussion will take place at the next meeting.

The following appointments filled were: Substitute Clerical Employee, Substitute Teacher, CESA Part Time Special Ed Paraprofessional and Volunteers/Chaperones.


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