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Beloit School District, Wisconsin
|Beloit School District|
|Number of schools:||13|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||John Winkelmann|
|Board members:||7 at-large members|
|Term length:||3 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Beloit School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
Higher education achievement
Rock County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.5 percent of Rock County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole.
Median household income
Between 2008 and 2012, the median household income in Rock County was $50,316. During that same time period, the median household income for the entire state was $52,627.
The poverty rate in Rock County was 13.5 percent from 2008 to 2012, 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, 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, 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.
Steve McNeal is the superintendent of the Beloit School District. He has served in this position since 2008. He earned his bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University, his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
The Beloit Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large for three-year terms.
|Beloit Board of Education|
|John C. Acomb||2016|
|Shannon L. Scharmer||2016|
School board elections
- See also: Beloit School District elections (2015)
Members of the Beloit Board of Education are elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis every year. Two seats were up for election in 2014, two seats are up for election in 2015, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Beloit Board of Education maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“||PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS
Board of Education meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the business of the schools. The Board as a representative body of the School District of Beloit wishes to provide an avenue for any citizen to express her/his interest in and concern for the schools. Accordingly, the public is invited to attend any sessions of the Board or any meetings of Board committees.
—Beloit School District website, (2015), 
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 2014-2015 school year.
The district's total revenues increased by 10.4 percent from 2012 to 2014. During that time, local revenue decreased while revenue from other school districts, state aid and federal aid increased.
|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|
From 2012 to 2014, the district's total expenditures decreased by 6.0 percent. While operational expenses and expenditures on debt service decreased, staff expenses and expenditures on student services increased.
|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|
Teacher salary schedules in the Beloit School District are categorized by state licenses and graduate degrees. A teacher with an initial educator license can earn a high salary by pursuing a professional educator license or graduate degrees. The table below shows the salary schedule for teachers in the district for the 2014-2015 school year.
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|Initial educator license||35,000||38,654|
|Professional educator license||40,000||47,714|
|Professional educator license with master's degree||47,000||62,834|
|Professional educator license with second master's degree or doctoral degree||58,000||73,834|
Schools in Beloit School District
Beloit School District served 7,116 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district decreased by 0.4 percent from 2009 to 2013.
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Beloit School District operates 13 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|Beloit School District|
|Beloit Learning Academy|
|Beloit Memorial High School|
- 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.
Beloit School District achieved an overall score of 62.6 during the 2013-2014 school year. The district's overall score led to a "Meets Few Expectations" designation from the Department of Public Instruction. The following tables compare district performance with state performance and detail the accountability ratings for schools in the district, 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 2009-2010 school year through the 2013-2014 school year:
After 36 years in the education field, Beloit's superintendent Steve McNeal is retiring. He served the district for three and a half years before submitting his resignation in December 2014. McNeal planned to finish out the school year and officially retire on June 30, 2014, but in January 2015, he announced he would be moving up his retirement to March 2015.
Rather than hire an interim superintendent, the Beloit Board of Education voted to have an administrative team take over the duties of the superintendent. The team includes four administrators, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Lynee Tourdot, Executive Director of Business Services Janelle Marotz, Assistant Superintendent of Operations Tom Johnson and Special Education Director Emily Pelz. Johnson acts as one of two co-superintendents with Dr. Pamela Kiefert, a retired administrator who previously worked in the district as a teacher, an executive director of curriculum and an interim co-superintendent during the 2005-2006 school year. The team's new duties began January 30, 2015, when McNeal left. He will act as a consultant until he officially retires in March 2015.
McNeal's resignation came after the school board issued him a formal reprimand for using an offensive image at a school convocation and a community protest in the fall of 2014 asked him to step down. McNeal said those events did somewhat influence his decision to retire and leave the education field. He started a new job with Corporate Contractors, Inc. to assist school districts in construction project strategies. He started this new job while he was still working as superintendent, which caused "quite a stir," according to McNeal. That backlash influenced his decision to move up the date of his retirement from the district.
According to John Acomb, vice president of the school board, McNeal set up the district "beautifully," helping them navigate increased enrollment and new construction projects with funds from a 2012 referendum. Acomb said the district will be looking for a new superintendent who can help them address diversity concerns.
Grant program looks to diversify teaching staff
The scholarship program is designed to award scholarships to Beloit students who agree to major in education and, after graduation, apply for teaching positions in their home school district. A similar program is already underway in the Janesville School District. The reason behind the program is that there is a clear link between student learning and staff diversity, according to Tim Vedra, president of the Beloit Education Association, and the demographics of Beloit's teaching staff doesn't match its students.
The grant from the National Education Association helped pay for fundraising for the program as well as administration costs to increase the scope of the program. The district does not plan to implement the program until a minimum of $50,000 has been raised, in order to ensure students will be fully funded throughout their college education.
Though the district planned to start the program for the 2015-2016 school year, a lack of funding may cause the district to delay its implementation.
- Wisconsin school districts
- List of school districts in Wisconsin
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- Beloit School District elections (2015)
- School Board Elections portal
- Beloit School District
- Beloit, Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Wisconsin Association of School Boards
- Beloit Education Association
- Wisconsin Information System for Education, "HS Completion (Single Year): Beloit," accessed January 16, 2015
- [http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov/Dashboard/portalHome.jsp Wisconsin Information System for Education, " Enrollment (Single Year): Beloit," accessed January 16, 2015]
- United States Census Bureau, "Rock County, Wisconsin," accessed September 10, 2014
- Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed January 28, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- LinkedIn, "Steve McNeal: Superintendent of Schools," accessed January 16, 2015
- Beloit School District, "Board of Education," accessed January 16, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Beloit School District, "187 Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed January 16, 2015
- Beloit School District, "Budget Information," accessed January 16, 2015
- Beloit School District, "Salary Schedule," accessed January 16, 2015
- Beloit School District, "School District of Beloit Schools," accessed January 16, 2015
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
- Channel 3000, "Beloit superintendent retires for private sector," December 16, 2014
- Beloit Daily News, "McNeal moves up retirement," January 8, 2015
- Beloit Daily News, "Superintendent departure date coming sooner," January 21, 2015
- Rock County Channel 3000, "Board of Education names two Beloit interim co-superintendents," February 6, 2015
- Channel 3000, "Grant will help Beloit diversify teaching staff," December 4, 2014
- Beloit Daily News, "Minority teacher scholarship in need of funds," January 26, 2015
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