School funding estimates show some local districts may lose while others gain

Numbers could change with state budget

Estimates Released on School Funding

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - Estimated funding changes are released for Wisconsin public schools... as state leaders continue debate over a state budget.

The estimates released last week from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction show just over half of all the state's public school districts will be losing a portion of their funding.

In our area, the Viroqua, GET, La Crosse, Onalaska and Black River Falls school districts may lose between $50,000 and $450,000 state dollars. Onalaska's Director of Finance says an unresolved state budget can easily change those numbers though.

"The most important thing to be looking for is what really happens as far as the state, and how the budget situation is resolved. What will the actual either revenue limit increase be, or the per-pupil aid increase that the Governor has proposed?” said Onalaska School District Director of Finance and Business Services Kent Ellickson.

The Holmen, West Salem, Sparta, Westby and Tomah school districts are estimated to see an increase.

The Department of Public Instruction says overall school aid is being held at the same level as last school year, but property values, enrollment, and shared costs impact how the aid is distributed.

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