Appleton Area School District, Wisconsin
|Appleton Area School District|
|Graduation rate:||87.3 percent|
|Number of schools:||37|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Sharon Fenlon|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Appleton Area School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 Website evaluation
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtOutagamie County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Appleton is home to 72,635 residents.
Appleton outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.2 percent of Appleton residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Appleton was $52,605 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Appleton was 10.5 percent compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
The superintendent of Appleton Area School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Lee Allinger. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2007. Allinger previously served as assistant superintendent of student services for the district.
The Appleton Area School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. Members receive no compensation for their service on the board.
|Appleton Area School District Board of Education|
|John E. Mielke||2015|
|Kay S. Eggert||2015|
|Julie T. Baker||2016|
|James R. Bowman||2016|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on April 1, 2014. Two seats will be up for election in April 2015 and two seats will be on the ballot in April 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2012:
|“||In order to provide for full and open communication between the public (students, teachers, administrators and members of the community) and the Board of Education:
1. Written correspondence may be directed to the Board through its Administrative Assistant, for consideration at a meeting. Statements of two pages or less are encouraged.
2. At the beginning of each regular meeting of the Board, there will be a period of time set aside for public participation. Citizens may address the Board on items of school business. (See Attorney General Opinion 1-5-93).
3. From time-to-time, the Board may schedule a Public Hearing on any matter of concern to the community including the annual budget.
All meetings of the Board will be presided over by the Senior Officer of the Board, with the primary purpose for conduction of the business of the Board in a responsible and expeditious manner. The officer will have authority to regulate and limit public participation within the provisions of this policy.
Appleton Area School District publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
The average salary for a teacher at Appleton Area School District during the 2013-2014 school year was $58,482. The minimum salary was $33,227 and the maximum salary was $74,620 according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Teachers at Appleton Area School District are represented by the Appleton Education Association (JEA).
Schools in Appleton Area School District
The district served 16,233 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 7.5% increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Appleton Area School District operates 37 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Appleton Area School District|
|Appleton Bilingual School|
|Appleton Career Academy|
|Appleton Public Montessori School|
|Badger Elementary School|
|Berry Elementary School|
|Central High School|
|Columbus Elementary School|
|East High School|
|Edison Elementary School|
|Einstein Middle School|
|Ferber Elementary School|
|Fox River Academy|
|Franklin Elementary School|
|Highlands Elementary School|
|Horizons Elementary School|
|Houdini Elementary School|
|Huntley Elementary School|
|Jefferson Elementary School|
|Johnston Elementary School|
|Lincoln Elementary School|
|Madison Middle School|
|McKinley Elementary School|
|North High School|
|Odyssey-Magellan Charter School|
|Renaissance School for the Arts|
|Richmond Elementary School|
|Roosevelt Middle School|
|Stephen Foster Elementary Charter School|
|Tesla Engineering Charter School|
|United Public Montessori School|
|Valley New School|
|West High School|
|Wilson Middle School|
|Wisconsin Connections Academy|
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction administers annual Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS) tests to students throughout the state. These tests assess proficiency in math and reading among students in grades three through eight as well as tenth grade. WSAS tests also evaluate proficiency in language arts, science and social studies at grades four, eight and ten. The Department of Public Instruction publishes results from WSAS tests as part of each district's Annual District Report Card.
The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:
- Student Achievement: This category compares reading and math performance by district students to state and national standards.
- Student Growth: This category compares year-to-year performance on reading and math sections in WSAS tests.
- Closing Gaps: This category compares test performance by low-performing groups in the district to similar cohorts across the state.
- On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness: This category uses benchmarks including ACT scores, graduation rate, attendance rate and math achievement to assess post-graduate preparedness.
Appleton Area School District achieved an overall score of 72.2 during the 2012-2013 school year. The district's overall score led to a Meets Expectations designation from the Department of Public Instruction. The following table compares district performance with state performance according to the 2012-2013 Annual District Report Card:
|Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013|
|Category||District score||State score|
|On-track and Postsecondary Readiness||86.7||84.9|
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Wisconsin school district websites
Last rated on April 6, 2012.
- Board members and their contact information are posted.
- Board meeting agendas and minutes are posted.
- Administrative officials and their contact information are listed.
- 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 budgets are available, but current budget is not posted.
- Academic performance measures are provided.
- No information about taxes proposed or passed to generate revenue for schools.
- District funded lobbying is not discussed.
- Contracts and audits are not posted.
- No information on the Wisconsin Open Records Law.
- Background check policies and procedures are not mentioned.
- List of school districts in Wisconsin
- Appleton Area School District elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Appleton Area School District
- City of Appleton, Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Wisconsin Association of School Boards
- Appleton Education Association
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "High school completion rates," accessed February 4, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Appleton, Wisconsin," accessed January 27, 2014
- Outagamie County Elections, "Elections Information," accessed January 27, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- TMC News, "Schools chief could leave: Waukesha official has interviews next week in Appleton," May 2, 2007
- Appleton Area School District, "About Board of Education," accessed February 5, 2014
- Appleton Area School District, "Policies & Procedures," accessed February 5, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Appleton Area School District, "2012-13 Proposed Budget," accessed November 27, 2013
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 4, 2014
- Appleton Education Association, "About AEA," accessed February 4, 2014
- Appleton Area School District, "Our Schools," accessed February 4, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
- Appleton Area School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed February 4, 2014
- Appleton Area School District, "Board Meetings," accessed February 4, 2014
- Appleton Area School District, "Department Contacts," accessed February 4, 2014
- Appleton Area School District, "District Budget," accessed February 4, 2014
- Appleton Area School District, "Assessment," accessed February 4, 2014