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Beloit School District, Wisconsin

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Beloit School District
Beloit, Wisconsin
Beloit School District seal.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Steve McNeal
Enrollment:7,116 students
Graduation rate:81.8%[1]
Number of schools:13
Budget: $87.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:John Winkelmann
Board members:7 at-large members
Term length:3 years
Beloit School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 7,116 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Beloit School District is located in Rock County, Wisconsin.

Beloit School District is located in Rock County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Janesville. Rock County is home to 160,739 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


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.[3]

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.[3]

Poverty rate

The poverty rate in Rock County was 13.5 percent from 2008 to 2012, compared to 12.5 percent statewide.[3]

Racial and political demographics

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Rock County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 91.0 88.1
Black or African American 5.1 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.1
Asian 1.1 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.1 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 8.0 6.3

Presidential votes, Rock County, 2000-2012[4]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 60.9 37.8
2008 63.8 34.5
2004 58.3 41.1
2000 57.4 39.0

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.[5] 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.[6]

School board

The Beloit Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large for three-year terms.[7]

Beloit Board of Education
Member Term Ends
John Winkelmann 2016
John C. Acomb 2016
Michael Ramsdail 2017
Shannon L. Scharmer 2016
Nora Gard 2017
Missy Henderson 2015
Vacancy 2015

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:


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.
At every formal meeting of the Board, time is set aside for acknowledgement of communications from the public and for the personal presentation of individual or group grievances, petitions or points of view.
Provisions of the Open Meetings Law shall govern the procedures for the conduct of the Board meetings.
The Board of Education endorses the following statement made by the chair at the business meeting of the Board:
“While the Board and District welcome public comment, we as a Board also must ask that you exercise care in your comments that relate specifically to District employees or persons connected with the school system. In order to protect rights of these individuals, and in the interest of complying with Open Meetings Law on prior posting of items for consideration at this meeting, the Board reserves the right to end comment on such topics. The use of specific names of district personnel may lead to legal liability on the part of the speaker. The Board would also remind the public that the Board has existing procedures in place to dispose of legitimate complaints against staff members and persons related to the system.”[8]

—Beloit School District website, (2015), [9]


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.[10]




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
2012-2013 $10,173,582.17 13% $707,341.95 0.9% $62,094,861.22 79% $4,062,262.87 5.2% $1,517,434.31 1.9% $78,556,217.88
2013-2014 $9,119,560.26 10.7% $1,038,409.73 1.2% $65,727,277.94 77% $4,910,505.17 5.8% $4,551,797.95 5.3% $85,347,551.05
2014-2015 $10,092,648.00 11.5% $1,259,665.00 1.4% $70,040,688.00 79.9% $5,580,289.00 6.4% $701,826.00 0.8% $87,675,116.00
Averages: $9,795,263.48 12% $1,001,805.56 1% $65,954,275.72 79% $4,851,019.01 6% $2,257,019.42 3% $83,859,628.31


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
2012-2013 $41,803,164 31.4% $31,593,377 23.7% $29,213,325 22% $16,221,517 12.2% $14,227,567 10.7% $133,058,950
2013-2014 $45,512,023 31% $34,118,844 23.3% $47,744,239 32.6% $5,220,689 3.6% $14,045,269 9.6% $146,641,063
2014-2015 $42,010,303 33.5% $38,521,828 30.7% $26,188,542 20.9% $5,314,668 4.2% $13,625,313 10.9% $125,560,654
Averages: $43,108,496.67 32% $34,744,683 26% $34,382,035.33 25% $8,918,958 7% $13,966,049.67 10% $135,086,889

Teacher salaries

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.[11]

Salary structure
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.[2]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009-2010 7,146 -
2010-2011 6,891 -3.7
2011-2012 6,967 1.1
2012-2013 6,985 0.3
2013-2014 7,116 1.8

District schools

Beloit School District operates 13 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Beloit School District
School Name
Aldrich Intermediate
Beloit Learning Academy
Beloit Memorial High School
Converse Elementary
Cunningham Intermediate
Gaston Elementary
Hackett Elementary
McLenegan Elementary
McNeel Intermediate
Merrill Elementary
Morgan Elementary
Robinson Elementary
Todd Elementary

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.[13]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[13]

  • 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:[13]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2013-2014
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 48.3 66.4
Student Growth 56.7 62.4
Closing Gaps 66.0 66.3
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 79.6 85.3

Accountability ratings for schools in the district, 2013-2014
Category Number of schools Percentage of schools
Significantly exceeds expectations 0 0.0%
Exceeds expectations 0 0.0%
Meets expectations 9 52.9%
Meets few expectations 5 29.4%
Fails to meet expectations 0 0.0%
Alternate Accountability - Satisfactory Progress 3 17.6%
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 2009-2010 school year through the 2013-2014 school year:[13]

Mathematics proficiency comparisons, 2009-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2009-2010 27.1 47.0
2010-2011 31.1 46.8
2011-2012 32.1 48.3
2012-2013 31.5 48.2
2013-2014 31.1 48.8

Reading proficiency comparisons, 2009-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2009-2010 20.0 35.7
2010-2011 20.8 35.7
2011-2012 20.4 36.0
2012-2013 21.1 36.4
2013-2014 20.0 36.7


Superintendent retires

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.[14][15][16]

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.[16][17]

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.[14][15]

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.[14]

Grant program looks to diversify teaching staff

Beloit School District is looking to implement a minority-recruitment scholarship program, and a $5,000 grant from the National Education Association is going to help them get started.[18]

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.[18]

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.[18] 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.[19]

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.[19]

Contact information

Beloit School District seal.png

Beloit School District
1633 Keeler Ave.
Beloit, WI 53511
Phone: (608) 361-4000
Fax: (608) 361-4122

See also

External links


  1. Wisconsin Information System for Education, "HS Completion (Single Year): Beloit," accessed January 16, 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 [ Wisconsin Information System for Education, " Enrollment (Single Year): Beloit," accessed January 16, 2015]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 United States Census Bureau, "Rock County, Wisconsin," accessed September 10, 2014
  4. Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed January 28, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. LinkedIn, "Steve McNeal: Superintendent of Schools," accessed January 16, 2015
  7. Beloit School District, "Board of Education," accessed January 16, 2015
  8. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  9. Beloit School District, "187 Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed January 16, 2015
  10. Beloit School District, "Budget Information," accessed January 16, 2015
  11. Beloit School District, "Salary Schedule," accessed January 16, 2015
  12. Beloit School District, "School District of Beloit Schools," accessed January 16, 2015
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Channel 3000, "Beloit superintendent retires for private sector," December 16, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Beloit Daily News, "McNeal moves up retirement," January 8, 2015
  16. 16.0 16.1 Beloit Daily News, "Superintendent departure date coming sooner," January 21, 2015
  17. Rock County Channel 3000, "Board of Education names two Beloit interim co-superintendents," February 6, 2015
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Channel 3000, "Grant will help Beloit diversify teaching staff," December 4, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 Beloit Daily News, "Minority teacher scholarship in need of funds," January 26, 2015