Appleton Area School District, Wisconsin

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Appleton Area School District
Appleton, Wisconsin
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District Profile
Superintendent:Joseph Mangi
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 Appleton, Wisconsin
Appleton Area School District is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, the county seat of Outagamie County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Appleton is home to 72,635 residents.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Appleton (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 87.5 86.2
Black or African American 1.7 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 5.9 2.3
Two or More Races 2.0 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[4]
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, 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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7]

Appleton Area School District Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Sharon Fenlon 2017
John E. Mielke 2015
Kay S. Eggert 2015
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 (2014)

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:[8]

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.[9]


Appleton Area School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[10]

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.[11]


Teachers at Appleton Area School District are represented by the Appleton Education Association (JEA).[12]

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:[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 listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

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

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.[14]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[14]

  • 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:[14]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 67.7 66.1
Student Growth 62.2 60.6
Closing Gaps 72.4 66.8
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 86.7 84.9

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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Last rated on April 6, 2012.

The good

  • Board members and their contact information are posted.[15]
  • Board meeting agendas and minutes are posted.[16]
  • Administrative officials and their contact information are listed.[17]
  • 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 budgets are available, but current budget is not posted.[18]
  • Academic performance measures are provided.[19]

The bad

  • 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.

See also

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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 United States Census Bureau, "Appleton, Wisconsin," accessed January 27, 2014
  4. Outagamie County Elections, "Elections Information," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. TMC News, "Schools chief could leave: Waukesha official has interviews next week in Appleton," May 2, 2007
  7. Appleton Area School District, "About Board of Education," accessed February 5, 2014
  8. Appleton Area School District, "Policies & Procedures," accessed February 5, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Appleton Area School District, "2012-13 Proposed Budget," accessed November 27, 2013
  11. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 4, 2014
  12. Appleton Education Association, "About AEA," accessed February 4, 2014
  13. Appleton Area School District, "Our Schools," accessed February 4, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  15. Appleton Area School District, "Board of Education Members," accessed February 4, 2014
  16. Appleton Area School District, "Board Meetings," accessed February 4, 2014
  17. Appleton Area School District, "Department Contacts," accessed February 4, 2014
  18. Appleton Area School District, "District Budget," accessed February 4, 2014
  19. Appleton Area School District, "Assessment," accessed February 4, 2014