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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
Enrollment:11,045[1]
Graduation rate:86.3%[2]
Number of schools:19
Budget: $124.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Carol Craig
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% during the 2009-2010 school year to 86.3% during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Eau Claire Area School District is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Eau Claire Area School District is located in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, which is the county seat of Eau Claire County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Eau Claire is home to 66,966 residents.[3] Eau Claire Area School District is the eighth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 10,914 students during the 2010-11 school year.[4]

Demographics

Eau Claire outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 33.8% of Eau Claire residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Eau Claire was $43,410 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Eau Claire was 19.3% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Eau Claire (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 91.4 86.2
Black or African American 1.1 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.0
Asian 4.6 2.3
Two or More Races 1.8 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 1.9 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 55.9 42.4
2008 60.2 38.1

Superintendent

The superintendent of Eau Claire Area School District during the 2013-2014 school year was 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.[6]

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.[7]

Eau Claire Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Carol Craig 2005 2014
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 2014

School board elections

See also: Eau Claire Area School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were up for election in April 2014. Two seats will be on the ballot in April 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 last updated in 2008:[8]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Eau Claire Area School District.[9]

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
2013-2014 $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
Averages: $97,661,352 79% $16,385,104 13% $5,018,731 4% $1,112,294 1% $4,163,772 3% $124,341,253

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 graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2012-2013 school year:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BS 37,270 49,140
BS 8 37,716 51,123
BS 16 38,166 53,150
BS 24 38,613 55,203
BS 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

Unions

Teachers in Eau Claire Area School District are represented by the Eau Claire Association of Educators (ECAE). The president of the ECAE during the 2013-2014 school year was Andy Fisher.[11]

Schools in Eau Claire Area School District

Enrollment

The district served 11,045 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 2.1% 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 listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

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

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.

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 table compares district performance with state performance according to the 2012-2013 Annual District Report Card:[13]

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

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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Main article: Evaluation of Wisconsin school district websites

Last rated on April 10, 2012.

The good

  • Past and present budget information is provided.[14]
  • Meeting times, agendas and minutes are posted.[15][16][17][18]
  • Board members and their contacts are posted.[19]
  • Administrative staff contacts are listed.[20]
  • Labor contracts are posted but vendor contracts are not available.[21]
  • Policies relating to accessing the Wisconsin Open Records Law are listed in the Board Policies.[22][23][24]
  • A link to the state academic performance database is provided.[25]
  • Policies and procedures for background checks are listed.[26]

The bad

  • No information about taxes proposed or passed to generate revenue for schools.
  • District funded lobbying is not discussed.
  • Audits are not posted.

See also

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References

  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, "Eau Claire, Wisconsin," accessed February 7, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. Eau Claire County Clerk, "Election Results," accessed February 7, 2014
  6. LinkedIn, "Mary Ann Hardebeck," accessed February 7, 2014
  7. Eau Claire Area School District, "Board Member Compensation and Expenses," February 2003
  8. Eau Claire Area School District, "Public Input at Board Meetings," November 2008
  9. Eau Claire Area School District, "Executive Summary," accessed December 11, 2013
  10. Eau Claire Area School District, "Certified Salary Schedule 2012-2013," accessed February 10, 2014
  11. Eau Claire Association of Educators, "Board," accessed February 10, 2014
  12. Eau Claire Area School District, "Schools," accessed February 10, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  14. Eau Claire Area School District, "Budget," accessed February 7, 2014
  15. Eau Claire Area School District, "Board Meeting Procedures," accessed February 7, 2014
  16. Eau Claire Area School District, "Board Meeting Materials," accessed February 7, 2014
  17. Eau Claire Area School District, "Past Minutes," accessed February 7, 2014
  18. Eau Claire Area School District, "Minute Archives," accessed February 7, 2014
  19. Eau Claire Area School District, "Board Members," accessed February 7, 2014
  20. Eau Claire Area School District, "Staff Directory," accessed February 7, 2014
  21. Eau Claire Area School District, "Contracts," accessed February 7, 2014
  22. Eau Claire Area School District, "Access to Public Records," March 2006
  23. Eau Claire Area School District, "Public Records Notice," January 2008
  24. Eau Claire Area School District, "Public Records Fee Schedule," March 2006
  25. Eau Claire Area School District, "Assessment," accessed February 7, 2014
  26. Eau Claire Area School District, "Pre-Employment Criminal Background Check Procedures," accessed February 7, 2014