West Bend School District, Wisconsin
The West Bend School District is located in West Bend, Wisconsin and serves the communities of West Bend, Jackson, Newburg, Polk, Trenton and Addison. The district serves approximately 7,000 children. It is the 19th largest school district in Wisconsin (out of 426 total districts) with an annual budget in 2006 of approximately $62 million.
- Main article: Evaluation of Wisconsin school district websites
- Some information about the budget process is posted, but the budget is not posted as of December 5, 2010.
- A link to the school performance report is posted.
- The staff directory provides the names and contact information for the administrative officials.
- The meeting schedule, agenda and minutes are posted.
- The school board members' names and contact information are posted.
- There is no specific information posted regarding taxes, contracts, audits, public records, or background checks.
The school board is comprised of a superintendent and "such other officers as the legislature shall direct." The superintendent is appointed by the state legislature in the same manner as members of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The superintendent can hold office for 4 years. According to the state constitution the board of education may not prevent a non−union teacher from speaking of a bargaining issue at an open meeting, as was ruled in the U.S. Supreme Court case Madison School District v. Wisconsin Employment Commission.
Below are the school district board members:
- Note: Information about the current contract in West Bend is not disclosed on its website.
The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) helps to negotiate contracts with the teacher's union, the Education Association of Wisconsin. The website for WASB pitches "professional" assistance on collective bargaining agreements, policies, salary ranges and fringe benefit data as well as past court information.
WASB legislative agenda
Annually, WASB publishes its current legislative agenda, which it separates into state and federal issues.
The largest concern at the state level is financing for the schools. WASB noted that the state budget deficit is $5.4 billion, which is near the total spending on education in the state. Therefore WASB asked that the state renew its commitment to paying 2/3 of the education costs in the state without raising property taxes, as they increased on an average of 4.9 percent between 2000 and 2005. In 2007, the school property taxes rose to 7.4 percent, which was the highest since 1992-3.
For state aid and funds WASB asks for:
- Coverage of 33 percent of the costs for bilingual-bicultural programs
- Full state funding for special education programs
- Funding to reduce the achievement gap between low income children and other children
- Fully funding the existing "sparsity aid" program
Other aspects of the money constraints include the declining enrollment of students which is placing many school boards into tight budgets. As such they are proposing:
- School boards be allowed to increase their revenues by 2 percent about current limits
- Set the low-revenue ceiling at 100 percent of the statewide average cost per pupil
- Extend the hold-harmless revenue limit adjustment for two more years (currently one year)
The WASB also calls for a more individualized assessment of students than the current Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) and online testing.
Below are the administrative staff members and their 2010 pay:
|Full Name||Position Title||Prorated Salary||Prorated Fringe|
|Bruce Gunderson||Assistant Principal||$67,691.00||$29,256.00|
|Ryan Wilson||Assistant Principal||$74,000.00||$30,120.00|
|Tracey Conners||Assistant Principal||$77,216.00||$17,604.00|
|Kurt Becker||Assistant Principal||$73,000.00||$0.00|
|Patricia Herdrich||District Administrator||$147,347.00||$39,313.00|
|Theodore Neitzke Iv||Director of Instruction/Program Supervisor||$119,416.00||$34,299.00|
|Jeffrey Nennig||District Instructional Technology Coordinator||$107,836.00||$34,361.00|
|Allen Pauli||Central Office Administrator||$100,913.00||$33,494.00|
|Maryjane Burdge||Assistant District Administrator||$28,472.00||$0.00|
|Valley Elliehausen||Central Office Administrator||$95,911.00||$32,838.00|
|Kathryn Zarling||Director of Special Education and/or Pupil Services||$95,602.00||$11,974.00|
|Brian Dasher||Business Manager||$95,911.00||$32,864.00|
|David Jasperson||Assistant Principal||$76,960.00||$30,498.00|
|Ralph Schlass||Assistant Principal||$76,960.00||$30,491.00|
- Note: Budget information for West Bend is not disclosed on its website.
For fiscal year 2008-2009, $6.77 was levied in property tax for every $1,000 of equalized property value, an increase of 2.27% over fiscal year 2007-2008.
- Note: Academic performance information for West Bend is not disclosed on its website.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction provides a SDPR (School District Performance Report) for each district, which tracks achievement test results (grades 3, 4, 8 and 10), ACT and AP exam scores, retention rates, attendance, dropouts and truancy, among other measures.
The below chart shows the number of students in West Bend who scored advanced or proficient in each subject for 2009-2010, with the statewide figure in parentheses:
|Grade||Reading||Language Arts||Mathematics||Science||Social Studies|
|3rd grade||80.7% (79.2%)||-||-||-||-|
|4th grade||85.9% (81.4%)||82.3% (77.3%)||85.5% (80.5%)||81.9% (77.0%)||96.1% (92.5%)|
|8th grade||90.6% (84.0%)||74.6% (64.5%)||83.9% (78.0%)||86.4% (80.0%)||88.5% (80.8%)|
|10th grade||85.5% (76.3%)||80.7% (68.3%)||80.5% (69.8%)||83.8% (71.6%)||84.2% (74.7%)|
The below chart shows ACT and Advanced Placement test results for 2008-2009:
|Test||Number of Students Tested||Percentage of Students Tested||Composite Score (ACT)||Pass Percentage (AP)|
"Wisconsin's inter-district public school open enrollment program allows parents to apply for their children to attend school districts other than the one in which they reside." All students may apply to attend a different school district outside of their resident area. While they can request to attend a specific school, assignment to that school is not guaranteed even if their application is accepted, as the students apply to the school district, and not individual schools.
Students may also apply to attend virtual charter schools through open enrollment by applying to the non-resident district in which the virtual charter operates. However, Wisconsin state law "limits the number of students that may attend virtual charter schools under the open enrollment program." Students may be placed on a waiting list for virtual charter schools.
- West Bend School District's website
- General description of the district
- West Bend School District - Education.com
- West Bend - West Bend, Wisconsin - Public School District - EducationBug
- Schools in West Bend School District - School Digger
- ↑ Budget information
- ↑ School performance report
- ↑ Staff directory
- ↑ Schedule
- ↑ Agenda and minutes
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 School board
- ↑ Wisconsin Constitution,"Article 10, Section 1," retrieved July 9, 2009
- ↑ Wisconsin Constitution,"Article 1, Section 3," retrieved July 13, 2009
- ↑ WASB, Employment and Labor Law services
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Wisconsin Association of School Boards, 2009-2010 Legislative Agenda
- ↑ Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Statistical Information Center - School Staff and Salary Data
- ↑ Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction, School Finance Data Warehouse, School District Profiles
- ↑ Wisconsin District and School Performance Reports
- ↑ 2009-2010 Wisconsin School District Performance Report
- ↑ 2008-2009 Wisconsin School District Performance Report
- ↑ Public School Open Enrollment
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions