Sunday, November 18, 2012
The Waukesha School Board approved a four-year contract for school resource officers, agreeing to pay more for what they call a valuable program.
Wednesday night, the Waukesha School Board unanimously approved a four-year contract for school resource officers, agreeing to pay more for what they call a valuable program. The increase in cost is worth the money, according to the district. “What started out as an efficient way to respond to calls at the high school has become an important part of our schools,” School Board Member Joseph Como said. "They've embraced the programs we have in the schools," Como added. "They've become friends with the students and administration and they're trusted by the students. They’re really incorporated into the schools." All three principals affirmed their support of the program, Como said. The program costs about $300,000 to run, according to a memo …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Union wants to review school district's financial figures before submitting its wage increase proposal.
The Waukesha School District is prepared to offer its teachers a 0.5 percent wage increase for the 2011-12 school year, but the union is not yet prepared to give a wage proposal as it moves forward with negotiations. The wage increases, if accepted by the union, would be paid to the teachers retroactively. After the 2011-12 contract is settled, school officials can begin work on the 2012-13 teaching contracts. The settling of the past school year’s contracts were delayed because of changes in the state’s Act 10 collective bargaining law that limits public unions from negotiations except for wages. The school district’s last contract expired in June 2011. Teachers had wages frozen for the 2009-10 school year and received a 1 percent wage …
Monday, September 17, 2012
The School District of Waukesha canceled a meeting about contract negotiations to obtain more information about what a Dane County judge's ruling means for the district.
Editor's Note: This article was updated at 5 p.m. Monday to include comments from Mayor Jeff Scrima about the impacts to the city. A Dane County judge’s decision to strike down the state’s collective bargaining law has left area officials wondering what to do next. The School District of Waukesha was set to hold its initial session to bargain with the teachers union over 2011-12 teaching contracts Monday. But that meeting is on hold because Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday evening that the controversial law is null and void, saying the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitutions. As a result, the school district decided to cancel the meeting while trying to get more information. Superintendent Todd Gray said Monday the timing of the …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Waukesha School Board approves budget that accounts for a 6 percent decrease in equalized property values. Public hearing on budget is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Equalized property values in the Waukesha School District are expected to drop an estimated 6 percent, triple the 2 percent drop the district had estimated when preparing the 2012-13 budget. That decrease in equalized property valuations will result in a higher tax rate for homeowners, despite the district reducing expenses by $8.4 million and decreasing the tax levy by $891,000. “The property valuations came as a pretty big surprise to us," Finance Committee Chairman Joseph Como said. "We had estimated a 2 percent drop in valuations. Last year, we had a drop of 1.5 percent so we thought we were being pretty conservative with two percent.” Wednesday night, the school board approved the budget for publication. The public hearing of the …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Nearly $10 million cut from Waukesha School District budget form collective bargaining law changes.
Residents in the Waukesha School District can expect an increase in the school district tax rate while taxes are decreasing overall, according to a preliminary draft of the 2012-13 school district budget. In the preliminary budget, the tax levy for the district is estimated to be $83 million, a decrease of $891,000 from last year’s levy. Assuming a 2 percent decrease in equalized property value throughout the district, the resulting tax rate would be $9.33 per $1,000 of property value. Last year's tax rate was $9.24 per $1,000 of property value. A home valued at $200,000 would pay $1,866 for the school district portion of the tax bill, an $18 increase over last year. The $157 million school district budget includes decreases in revenue …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Overall decrease of 1.1 percent in equalization aid is anticipated. District had expected five percent decrease.
The Waukesha School District received better-than-expected news regarding how much aid they may get from the state for the 2012-2013 school year, school district officials said at this week's school board meetings. According to recently-released general equalization aid estimates from the state, the district currently anticipates receiving $44,478,392 from the state, only a 1.1 percent decrease from last year’s amount of aid, according to Lauri Clifton, the district’s chief financial officer and director of business services. The district had estimated that they would receive a five percent decrease in aid from last year, Clifton informed the district’s finance committee on Monday night. Last year, the district received a 10 percent …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Estimated cost to be spread over three years.
The Waukesha School Board approved spending up to $2.9 million for school district technology upgrades Wednesday night. The board approved financing through Cisco, a state-approved vendor, to lease new infrasctructure required to make the upgrades. The approval is contingent upon completion of the preliminary school district budget. Six of the nine school board members voted in favor of the financing. Three school board members - Steve Edlund, Ellen Langill and Karin Rajnicek - were absent for the meeting. The upgrades are necessary because of an increased demand on the district’s aging technology infrastructure, according to the district. “Basically, what we have right now is state-of-the-art 10 years ago. And now we’re moving forward,” …
Friday, June 15, 2012
STEM Saratoga Principal Ryan Krohn and West Assistant Principal Sharon Theide moving to Lindholm; new position created for bilingual/world languages; also resignations and new appointments.
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Friday, June 15, 2012
With the end of the school year, a number of School District of Waukesha staff are changing positions or leaving the district. The Waukesha School Board this week approved the following administrative positions: The school board also approved the following resignations and new appointments. Resignations were accepted for: New contracts or contract modifications were approved for 15 teachers and one school psychologist.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Two consecutive years of drops in state aid cause "painful" situation for district, superintendent says.
The Waukesha School Board is beginning work on the 2012-13 budget — work that includes reducing a $9.5 million projected deficit. The district is estimating a “probable” decrease in state aid of 10.9 percent, which represents a 21 percent reduction over the last two years. “That is very painful. We can make some of that up with property taxes, but we’ve got limits there,” Superintendent Todd Gray told the School Board Wednesday. The board will review a very preliminary list of items that could help in reducing the projected deficit. The draft list includes reductions in expenses such as employee benefits, staffing and legal fees, but also estimates increases in revenue from sources such as the district’s virtual school, eAchieve Academy, …
Friday, February 10, 2012
County health department official recommends families be alert for symptoms and get vaccinations.
Six cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, have been confirmed in the School District of Waukesha since October, according to the Waukesha County Division of Public Health. Five of the confirmed cases were at Horning Middle School and another was at Blair Elementary, according to Rosie Kapp, Public Health Supervisor. Another suspected case at Horning is pending test results. There has been an upsurge in pertussis cases throughout Waukesha County and at other schools. In the last quarter of 2011, there were 80 confirmed cases of pertussis in the county, Kapp said. “We are seeing an increase in pertussis throughout the entire state of Wisconsin and also in Waukesha County,” said Kapp. “The majority of cases are in schools, …