Fond du Lac School District, Wisconsin
|Fond de Lac School District|
|Fond du Lac, Wisconsin|
|Superintendent:||Dr. James Sebert|
|Graduation rate:||88.4 percent|
|Number of schools:||16|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Elizabeth Hayes|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Fond du Lac School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
Fond du Lac School District is located in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Fond du Lac. Fond du Lac County was home to 101,798 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Higher education achievement
Fond du Lac County underperformed compared to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.1 percent of Fond du Lac County residents aged 25 years or older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole.
Median household income
From 2008 to 2012, the median household income in Fond du Lac County was $53,399. During that same time period, it was $52,627 for the entire state.
The poverty rate in Fond du Lac County from 2008 to 2012 was 9.6 percent. For the same time period, the poverty rate statewide was 12.5 percent.
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.
Dr. James Sebert is the superintendent of the Fond du Lac School District. He has served in that position since July 2009. Previously, he served as superintendent for the School District of North Fond du Lac, as a principal in the Oshkosh Area School District and as a teacher and assistant principal in the Fond du Lac School District. Sebert earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Marian University and his doctoral degree at Edgewood College.
The Fond du Lac School District Board of Education consists of seven members elected to three-year terms. A list of board members for the 2014-2015 school year can be found in the table below.
|Fond du Lac Board of Education|
|Kathleen Nagle||Vice president||2016|
School board elections
Members of the Fond du Lac Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Every year two or three members are up for election. Two seats were up for election in 2014. Two seats will be up for election in 2015, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.
Participation in board meetings
The Fond du Lac School District maintains the following policy regarding public participation in school board meetings, which was last updated in April 2008:
|“||An "Audience to Visitors and Delegations" item will be placed on the agenda of each regular Board meeting and shall be implemented as follows:
1. Any citizen may make a presentation not to exceed five minutes on any item
appearing on the agenda;
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.
The district's total revenues dropped by 17.4 percent from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014. During that time, local revenue and state aid increased while revenue from other school districts 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|
The district's total expenditures decreased by 18.5 percent from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014. During that time, staff expenses and expenditures on student services increased while operational expenses and expenditures on debt service 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|
The average teaching salary at Fond du Lac School District during the 2013-2014 school year was $57,499. The minimum salary was $36,295, and the maximum salary was $74,139, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Schools in Fond du Lac School District
The Fond du Lac School District served 7,460 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 1.3 percent increase in enrollment from 2009 to 2013. Details on enrollment during that time period can be found in the chart below.
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
The Fond du Lac School District operates 16 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|Fond du Lac School District|
|Chegwin Elementary School|
|Evans Elementary School|
|Fond du Lac High School|
|Lakeshore Elementary School|
|Parkside Elementary School|
|Pier Elementary School|
|Riverside Elementary School|
|Roberts Elementary School|
|Rosenow Elementary School|
|Sabish Middle School|
|Theisen Middle School|
|Waters Elementary School|
|Woodworth Middle 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 10th grade. WSAS tests also evaluate proficiency in language arts, science and social studies at grades four, eight and 10. 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.
Fond du Lac School District achieved an overall score of 68.8 during the 2013-2014 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 district's accountability ratings 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 2008-2009 school year through the 2013-2014 school year:
Student information requested from school choice group
School Choice Wisconsin, a school choice advocacy group, requested information on all students attending the Fond du Lac School District in February 2015, and under state law, the district is required to provide it.
School Choice Wisconsin filed an open records request for student names, addresses, phone numbers, grade levels and schools from a total of 30 school districts in the state. The request came after Gov. Scott Walker proposed lifting the enrollment cap on the statewide voucher program. Jim Bender, president of School Choice Wisconsin, said the gathered information would be used to educate parents on their school choice options. He likened the requests to other marketing efforts, such as billboards and mailings, and said the same information is provided in student directories and to college and military recruiters.
Some state officials, however, saw the request as an infringement on student privacy. State Sen. Dave Hansen (D) and State Rep. Eric Genrich (D) expressed concern over the student data request.
"As a parent and lawmaker, I'm outraged by this request for personal student information," said Genrich.
Together, Hansen and Genrich have proposed a bill to protect students’ personal information. They plan to allow access to student information only “to advance a school’s educational mission but keep it out of the hands of those who might seek to harm children.”
Fond du Lac Superintendent James Sebert emailed district parents on February 17, 2015, to inform them of the records request. Parents were also told that if they wish their children's information to be kept out of such requests in the future, they should talk to their children's principals.
- Wisconsin school districts
- List of school districts in Wisconsin
- Fond du Lac School District elections (2015)
- Public education in Wisconsin
- School Board Elections portal
- Fond du Lac School District
- City of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
- Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Wisconsin Association of School Boards
- Wisconsin Information System for Education, "Enrollment (Single Year): Fond du Lac School District," accessed September 25, 2014
- Wisconsin Information System for Education, "Graduation HS Completion (Single Year): Fond de Lac School District," accessed September 25, 2014
- Fond du Lac School District, "Schools," accessed September 25, 2014
- Fond du Lac School District, "2013-14 Budget Hearing Book," accessed September 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin," accessed September 25, 2014
- Fond du Lac County, "Election Results," accessed September 25, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Fond du Lac School District, "Bio for Dr. James Sebert," accessed September 25, 2014
- LinkedIn, "James Sebert: Superintendent at Fond du Lac School District," accessed September 25, 2014
- Fond du Lac School District, "Members & Terms," accessed September 25, 2014
- Fond du Lac School District, "Board Policies: 2.466 Public Participation at Board Meetings," accessed September 25, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed September 25, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed September 23, 2014
- FDL Reporter, "School choice advocate requests Fond du Lac student data," February 20, 2015
- ABC 2, "Green Bay lawmakers want law to protect student information," February 13, 2015
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "School choice group seeks personal data on students," February 13, 2015
- Green Bay Press Gazette, "Voucher group requests student info from public schools," February 13, 2015
- Fox 11, "School districts differ on giving up student information," February 13, 2015
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