Sparsity-Aid Bill Goes to Walker

By Goldstein, Bennet | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), February 22, 2018 | Go to article overview

Sparsity-Aid Bill Goes to Walker


Goldstein, Bennet, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


Projected 2018-19 sparsity aid increase Ten local school districts in Wisconsin are among those that stand to benefit from an increase in sparsity aid.,Their projected increases in such aid for next school year are:, "Belmont - $37,769 "Benton - $24,938 "Cassville - $22,041 "Cuba City - $67,985 "Iowa-Grant - $76,884 "Mineral Point - $70,985 "Potosi - $34,147 "River Ridge - $54,326 "Shullsburg - $39,839 "Southwestern Wisconsin - $56,912 ,Source: Legislative Fiscal Bureau

POTOSI, Wis. - Potosi School Superintendent Ron Saari is breathing a sigh of relief.

This year, he will not have to cut staff, programming or transportation services to balance the district's budget.

"We have made over $455,000 in cuts over the last three years," he noted.

A bill co-authored by state Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, would benefit small school districts such as Potosi by increasing sparsity aid, along with boosting low-spending school districts by raising the revenue limit ceiling. It heads to Gov. Scott Walker after the state Senate passed it Tuesday. The governor said he intends to sign it into law.

Sparsity aid, provided to districts with 745 students or less and a population density of less than 10 students per square mile, is currently set at $300 per pupil, but the bill would increase that number to $400 for the 2018-19 school year.

Potosi would receive an additional $34,000 added to the $98,000 allocated this year.

Marklein promoted the bill for about one year, compromising with colleagues as to how much aid would increase. …

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