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 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
Appleton Area School District is located in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Appleton. Outagamie County is home to 180,345 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. During the 2011-2012 school year, Appleton Area School District was the sixth-largest school district by enrollment in Wisconsin and served 15,119 students.
Higher education achievement
Outagamie County performed consistently with the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.4 percent of Outagamie County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree, which was the same percentage for Wisconsin as a whole.
Median household income
The median household income for Outagamie County was $57,584 between 2008 and 2012. During that same time period, the median household income for the entire state was $52,627.
Between 2008 and 2012, the poverty rate in Outagamie County was 8.6 percent compared to 12.5 percent statewide.
Racial and political demographics
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
The superintendent of Appleton Area School District is 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||2018|
|Kay S. Eggert||2018|
|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 were up for election on April 7, 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, which was adopted in 1987:
|“||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 Policies & Procedures, (1987)
Appleton Area School District publishes its annual budget on its website. Details on the district's revenue and expenditures in recent years can be found in the tables below. The following charts show the percentages of revenue and expenditures by type for the 2012-2013 school year.
The district's total revenues dropped 0.03 percent from 2011 to 2012. During this time local and state aid increased while revenue from other school districts and federal aid decreased.
|Revenue by Category|
|School Year||Local||Other School Districts||State Aid||Federal Aid||Other||Revenue Total|
|Total||% of Revenue||Total||% of Revenue||Total||% of Revenue||Total||% of Revenue||Total||% of Revenue|
The district's total expenditures dropped by 0.46 percent from 2011 to 2012. During that same time period staff expenses increased while operational expenses and debt service decreased.
|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 (AEA).
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 percent 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, which are 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|
- See also: Public education in Wisconsin
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 72.9 during the 2013-2014 school year. The district's overall score led to a "Meets Expectations" designation from the Department of Public Instruction. The following tables compare district performance with state performance and detail the district's accountability ratings according to the 2013-2014 Annual District Report Card:
The state's Annual District Report Card includes a review of district and state proficiency information in mathematics and reading for the previous five years. This review includes data from the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) and the Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD) for students from grades three through eight and 10. The following tables compare the district's percentage of proficient and advanced proficient students with state levels from the 2008-2009 school year through the 2013-2014 school year:
District officials speak out at public hearing on proposed budget
At a public hearing on Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget in March 2015, Appleton Area School District officials testified on the district's inability to keep up with public education funding cuts.
According to Appleton Superintendent Lee Allinger, the district could lose as much as $2.2 million in per-pupil funding under the governor's proposal. Don Hietpas, the district's chief financial officer, said the district cannot keep up with rising operational costs, despite using tools to save on costs.
“We cannot sustain excellent student programming and student activities if our revenues continue to be frozen,” Hietpas said.
Education officials from the Green Bay Area Public School District, the Howard-Suamico School District and the Ashwaubenon School District joined Allinger and Hietpas to speak out on the education funding cuts as well as the proposal to eliminate the cap on the state's school voucher program that was included in the governor's budget.
“How do I explain, that if history is to be our guide, many of these students will never have attended the school district and therefore, the voucher program is literally taking money away from their students’ classrooms to pay for vouchers," said Langenfeld.
Staff members from private voucher schools in Green Bay, Appleton, and Fond du Lac also attended the hearing to praise the governor's proposal to expand the voucher system. A district official from a private school in Appleton said that some families could not afford to send their students to their school of choice without the help of the state voucher program.
In April 2015, the Appleton Board of Education followed the budget hearings with a published statement calling for support from local residents. The statement asked residents to speak out about their support of public education funding and ask the Wisconsin State Legislature to prioritize it in the 2015-2017 budget. The full statement can be found here.
- Wisconsin school districts
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- Appleton Area School District elections (2015)
- 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, "Outagamie County, Wisconsin," accessed September 4, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Outagamie County Elections, "Elections Information," accessed January 27, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
- 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 September 22, 2014, 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 (dead link)
- 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
- La Crosse Tribune, "Parents, school officials oppose education cuts in Walker budget, "March 18, 2015
- WTAQ, "Green Bay-area public school officials decry proposed budget cuts," March 18, 2015
- Postcresent.com, "School board asks for public support," April 18, 2015
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