Eau Claire Area School District, Wisconsin

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Eau Claire Area School District
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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District Profile
Superintendent:Mary Ann Hardebeck
Graduation rate:86.3 percent[2]
Number of schools:19
Budget: $124.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Rich Spindler
Board members:7
Term length:3
Eau Claire Area School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 11,045 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district improved graduation rates from 85.9 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 86.3 percent during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Eau Claire Area School District is located in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.

Eau Claire Area School District is located in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Eau Claire. Eau Claire County is home to 101,438 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] During the 2010-2011 school year, Eau Claire Area School District was the eighth-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 10,914 students.[4]


Higher education achievement

Eau Claire County outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.5 percent of Eau Claire 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

The median household income in Eau Claire County was $47,821 between 2008 and 2012. During that same time period, the median household income for the entire state was $52,627.

Poverty rate

Between 2008 and 2012, the poverty rate in Eau Claire County was 15.7 percent compared to 12.5 percent statewide.[3]

Racial and political demographics

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Eau Claire County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 93.1 88.1
Black or African American 1.0 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.1
Asian 3.6 2.5
Two or More Races 1.6 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 2.1 6.3

Presidential votes, 2008-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 55.9 42.4
2008 60.2 38.1

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.[6]


The superintendent of Eau Claire Area School District is Mary Ann Hardebeck. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2012. Hardebeck previously served as assistant superintendent of personnel services at Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia.[7]

School board

The Eau Claire Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. Members receive a salary of $2,000 with a $2,500 salary for the board president.[8]

Eau Claire Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Charles Vue 2014 2017
Rich Spindler 2013 2016
Chris Hambuch-Boyle 2013 2016
Wendy Sue Johnson 2009 2015
Chue Xiong 2013 2016
Kathryn P. Duax 2009 2015
Trish Cummins 2011 2017

School board elections

See also: Eau Claire Area School District elections (2015)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election on April 1, 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot on April 7, 2015, and three seats will be up for election in April 2016.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings, which was last updated in 2008:

The Board desires to hear the viewpoints of citizens on district or school-wide concerns. An opportunity will be provided for the public to speak at regular meetings in accordance with these established procedures. Identified work sessions or standing and/or ad hoc committees may be exempted from the public's opportunity to speak subject to a Board motion.
  • All Board of Education meetings (including committee meetings) shall be open to the public, except closed sessions. While the public has the right to attend such meetings, no individuals or groups have the right to enter into the deliberations of the Board. They may take part in the discussion only when the Board invites them to do so or in concert with the following policy guidelines.
  • Each regular Board meeting agenda will provide a 30-minute time period in which citizens may address the Board to express viewpoints or concerns on agenda or non-agenda items. The 30-minute time period may be extended at the discretion of the Board President of Chair or by a Board motion. Each citizen will be allowed up to four minutes to address the Board providing s/he has additional/new information that has not been previously shared at the meeting.
  • Citizens wishing to address the Board during the 30-minute time limit must sign up no later than five minutes before the start of the Board meeting. A sign up sheet will be provided and will be located by the posted agenda outside the meeting room.
  • During the Committee Meeting of the Board of Education, under "Items for Discussion" citizens may ask questions and/or request clarification on the topic of discussion after the Board has discussed the item. There is not a requirement to sign up previous to this discussion.
  • The Board will not hear personal complaints of school personnel nor any person connected with the school system in a public forum.[9]

—Eau Claire Area School District Board Policy, (2008), [10]


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 2013-2014 school year.[11]




The district's total revenues increased by 2.0 percent from 2012 to 2013. During this time period, state aid increased while local 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
2012-2013 $48,295,876 39.6% $0 0% $63,207,777 51.8% $6,203,861 5.1% $4,379,696 3.6% $122,087,210
2013-2014 $47,125,242 37.8% $0 0% $67,083,929 53.9% $4,843,214 3.9% $5,522,773 4.4% $124,575,158
Averages: $47,710,559 39% $0 0% $65,145,853 53% $5,523,537.5 4% $4,951,234.5 4% $123,331,184


From 2012 to 2013, the district's total expenditures increased by 0.19 percent. Expenditures on student services and debt service increased while staff expenses and operational expenses 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
2012-2013 $97,661,352 78.5% $16,385,104 13.2% $5,018,731 4% $1,112,294 0.9% $4,163,772 3.3% $124,341,253
2013-2014 $96,070,632 77.1% $18,694,054 15% $4,413,401 3.5% $1,346,908 1.1% $4,050,163 3.3% $124,575,158
Averages: $96,865,992 78% $17,539,579 14% $4,716,066 4% $1,229,601 1% $4,106,967.5 3% $124,458,205.5

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Eau Claire Area School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for years of service by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.S. 37,270 49,140
B.S. 8 37,716 51,123
B.S. 16 38,166 53,150
B.S. 24 38,613 55,203
B.S. 32 39,059 57,285
MA 40,088 59,660
MA 8 40,585 60,414
MA 16 41,090 61,160
MA 24 41,588 61,910
MA 32 42,089 62,664


Teachers in Eau Claire Area School District are represented by the Eau Claire Association of Educators (ECAE). The president of the ECAE during the 2014-2015 school year was Mark Goings.[13]

Schools in Eau Claire Area School District


The district served 11,045 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 2.1 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 10,810 -
2010 10,927 1.0
2011 11,051 1.1
2012 11,140 0.8
2013 11,045 -0.8

District schools

Eau Claire Area School District operates 19 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Eau Claire Area School District
DeLong Middle School
Flynn Elementary School
Lakeshore Elementary School
Locust Lane Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School
Manz Elementary School
McKinley Charter School
Meadowview Elementary School
Memorial High School
Montessori Charter School
North High School
Northstar Middle School
Northwoods Elementary School
Putnam Heights Elementary School
Robbins Elementary School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Sam Davey Elementary School
Sherman Elementary School
South Middle School

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.[15]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[15]

  • 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.

Eau Claire Area School District achieved an overall score of 70.4 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 tables compare district performance with state performance and detail the accountability ratings for schools in the district, according to the 2012-2013 Annual District Report Card:[15]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 68.2 66.1
Student Growth 59.9 60.6
Closing Gaps 66.8 66.8
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 86.7 84.9

Accountability ratings for schools in the district, 2012-2013
Category Number of schools Percentage of schools
Significantly exceeds expectations 0 0.0%
Exceeds expectations 5 23.8%
Meets expectations 13 61.9%
Meets few expectations 0 0.0%
Fails to meet expectations 0 0.0%
Not rated 3 14.3%

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 2012-2013 school year:[15]

Mathematics proficiency comparisons, 2008-2012
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 49.5 45.2
2009-2010 51.0 47.0
2010-2011 49.7 46.8
2011-2012 48.6 48.3
2012-2013 49.6 48.2

Reading proficiency comparisons, 2008-2012
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 40.7 35.3
2009-2010 41.9 35.7
2010-2011 41.0 35.7
2011-2012 40.4 36.0
2012-2013 39.6 36.4

Contact information

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Eau Claire Area School District
500 Main Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701-3770
Phone: (715) 852-3000

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