Appleton Area School District, Wisconsin

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Appleton Area School District
Appleton, Wisconsin
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District Profile
Superintendent:Lee Allinger
Graduation rate:87.3 percent[2]
Number of schools:37
Budget: $174.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Sharon Fenlon
Board members:7
Term length:3
Appleton Area School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 27,295 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district improved graduation rates from 79.9 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 87.3 percent during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Appleton Area School District is located in Outagamie County, Wisconsin.

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.[3] 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.[4]


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.[3]

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.[3]

Poverty rate

Between 2008 and 2012, the poverty rate in Outagamie County was 8.6 percent compared to 12.5 percent statewide.[3]

Racial and political demographics

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Outagamie County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 92.2 88.1
Black or African American 1.2 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.8 1.1
Asian 3.3 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 1.5 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 3.9 6.3

Presidential votes, 2008-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 48.2 50.0
2008 54.9 43.3

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.[6][7]


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.[8]

School board

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.[9]

Appleton Area School District Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Sharon Fenlon 2017
John E. Mielke 2018
Kay S. Eggert 2018
Julie T. Baker 2016
Diane Barkmeier 2017
Barry O'Connor 2017
James R. Bowman 2016

School board elections

See also: Appleton Area School District elections (2015)

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.[10][11]

—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.[12]




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
2011-2012 $57,484,918 40.3% $7,461,266 5.2% $76,804,516 53.9% $2,250 0% $868,882 0.6% $142,621,832
2012-2013 $57,507,181 40.3% $7,320,000 5.1% $77,312,327 54.2% $2,000 0% $439,000 0.3% $142,580,508
Averages: $57,496,049.5 40% $7,390,633 5% $77,058,421.5 54% $2,125 0% $653,941 0% $142,601,170


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
2011-2012 $99,498,219 56.8% $0 0% $51,120,672 29.2% $7,259,694 4.1% $17,348,842 9.9% $175,227,427
2012-2013 $101,763,534 58.3% $0 0% $47,707,713 27.4% $5,604,942 3.2% $19,341,502 11.1% $174,417,691
Averages: $100,630,876.5 58% $0 0% $49,414,192.5 28% $6,432,318 4% $18,345,172 10% $174,822,559

Teacher salaries

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.[13]


Teachers at Appleton Area School District are represented by the Appleton Education Association (AEA).[14]

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 15,092 -
2010 15,106 0.1
2011 15,116 0.1
2012 15,172 0.3
2013 16,233 6.9

District schools

Appleton Area School District operates 37 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[15]

Appleton Area School District
Appleton Bilingual School
Appleton Career Academy
Appleton eSchool
Appleton Public Montessori School
Badger Elementary School
Berry Elementary School
Central High School
Classical 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
Kaleidoscope Academy
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

Academic performance

See also: Public education in Wisconsin
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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.[16]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[16]

  • 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:[16]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2013-2014
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 67.8 66.4
Student Growth 62.3 62.4
Closing Gaps 74.4 66.3
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 87.1 85.3

Accountability ratings for schools in the district, 2013-2014
Category Number of schools Percentage of schools
Significantly exceeds expectations 5 13.2%
Exceeds expectations 6 15.8%
Meets expectations 19 50.0%
Meets few expectations 3 7.9%
Fails to meet expectations 0 0.0%
Alternate Accountability - Satisfactory Progress 5 13.2%
Alternate Accountability - Needs Improvement 0 0.0%

Historical data

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:[16]

Mathematics proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 49.7 45.2
2009-2010 50.8 47.0
2010-2011 49.3 46.8
2011-2012 50.2 48.3
2012-2013 51.3 48.2
2013-2014 51.4 48.8

Reading proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 40.9 35.3
2009-2010 41.5 35.7
2010-2011 40.2 35.7
2011-2012 39.9 36.0
2012-2013 39.8 36.4
2013-2014 38.8 36.7


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.[17]

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.[17]

“We cannot sustain excellent student programming and student activities if our revenues continue to be frozen,” Hietpas said.[17]

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.[17]

Green Bay Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld said her district cannot be sure what its revenue will be with the possibility of unlimited vouchers available to private schools.[18]

“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.[18]

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.[18] 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.[17]

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.[19] The full statement can be found here.

Contact information

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Appleton Area School District
122 E. College Avenue
Appleton, WI 54911
Phone: (920) 832-6161

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External links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "High school completion rates," accessed February 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 United States Census Bureau, "Outagamie County, Wisconsin," accessed September 4, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. Outagamie County Elections, "Elections Information," accessed January 27, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. 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.
  8. TMC News, "Schools chief could leave: Waukesha official has interviews next week in Appleton," May 2, 2007
  9. Appleton Area School District, "About Board of Education," accessed February 5, 2014
  10. Appleton Area School District, "Policies & Procedures," accessed September 22, 2014, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Appleton Area School District, "2012-13 Proposed Budget," accessed November 27, 2013 (dead link)
  13. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 4, 2014
  14. Appleton Education Association, "About AEA," accessed February 4, 2014
  15. Appleton Area School District, "Our Schools," accessed February 4, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 La Crosse Tribune, "Parents, school officials oppose education cuts in Walker budget, "March 18, 2015
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 WTAQ, "Green Bay-area public school officials decry proposed budget cuts," March 18, 2015
  19., "School board asks for public support," April 18, 2015