Green Bay Area Public School District, Wisconsin
|Green Bay Area Public School District|
|Green Bay, Wisconsin|
|Number of schools:||37|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Brenda Warren|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Green Bay Area Public School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
Green Bay Area Public School District is located in Brown County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Green Bay. Brown County is home to 254,586 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. During the 2011-2012 school year, Green Bay Area Public School District was the fifth-largest school district in Wisconsin.
Higher education achievement
Brown County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.8 percent of Brown 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
From 2008 to 2012, the median household income in Brown County was $53,419 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin.
The poverty rate in Brown County was 10.9 percent from 2008 to 2012. During that same time period, the poverty rate was 12.5 percent for the entire state.
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.
The superintendent of Green Bay Area Public School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Michelle Langenfeld. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011. Langenfeld previously served as the assistant superintendent for public schools at Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota from 2008 to 2011.
The Green Bay Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. The board determines compensation for members during the annual organizational meeting in January.
|Green Bay Board of Education|
|Katie Maloney||Vice President||2017|
The Green Bay Board of Education voted unanimously on 93.5 percent of its votes between January 1, 2014, and August 5, 2014. Every vote recorded by the board passed.
- When the board did not vote unanimously:
- Michael Blecha, Mary Frantz, Katie Maloney, Chris Wagner and Brenda Warren voted together 100 percent of the time. None of them voted "no" on a single proposal.
- Andrew Becker and Celestine Jeffreys voted together only 37.5 percent of the time. Becker cast the only vote against a proposal five times, which represented 62.5 percent of the non-unanimous votes.
- Andrew Becker was either absent for or abstained from 35.8 percent of all votes, while Chris Wagner missed or abstained from 18.7 percent of the votes. Only Katie Maloney voted on every single proposal.
The voting data indicates that Michael Blecha, Mary Frantz, Katie Maloney, Chris Wagner and Brenda Warren are the governing majority on the board. Andrew Becker and Celestine Jeffreys may be the minority faction, although their voting patterns are different enough to indicate that they are not unified on a majority of votes.
School board elections
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 up for election on April 7, 2015, and three seats will be on the ballot 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 2002:
|“||All meetings of the School Board shall be open to the public and all actions and deliberations leading to Board action shall be conducted openly, except as otherwise specifically provided by law.
The public is invited to attend Board meetings and, following rules established by the Board, shall be allowed to contribute to Board proceedings. The Board President or other presiding officer is responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting and shall rule on such matters as the time to be allowed for public comment, the appropriateness of the subject being presented, and the suitability of the time for such a presentation.
At open forums and at Board meetings during which the Board permits public participation, all members of the public, including District employees, shall be entitled to participate equally. The Board shall not and cannot engage in collective bargaining with its employees except through recognized and established channels.
Although the Board may discuss matters brought up during the public participation period of the meeting agenda, the Board shall not take action on any item of business not included in the public notice of the Board meeting.
Suspension of the rules established for public participation may be accomplished either by a majority vote of the Board or otherwise at the discretion of the presiding officer. Members of the District administrative staff and other persons on the approved agenda may address the Board without the need to suspend the rules.
—Green Bay Area School District Board Policy Manual, (2002), 
Green Bay Area Public School District's annual budget is published on its website. 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 8.0 percent from 2012 to 2014. During that time period, federal, state and local 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 increased by 10 percent. During that time period, expenditures on staff expenses, student services, operational expenses and debt service all 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|
The average salary for a teacher at Green Bay Area Public School District during the 2013-2014 school year was $52,253. The minimum salary was $33,504, and the maximum salary was $81,648, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Teachers at Green Bay Area Public School District are represented by the Green Bay Education Association (GBEA). The president of the GBEA during the 2013-2014 school year was Lori Cathey.
Schools in Green Bay Area Public School District
The district served 21,043 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 2.4 percent increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Green Bay Area Public School District operates 37 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|Green Bay Area Public School District|
|Aldo Leopold Community School|
|Baird Elementary School|
|Beaumont Elementary School|
|Chappell Elementary School|
|Danz Elementary School|
|Doty Elementary School|
|East High School|
|Edison Middle School|
|Eisenhower Elementary School|
|Elmore Elementary School|
|Fort Howard Elementary School|
|Franklin Middle School|
|Howe Elementary School|
|Jackson Elementary School|
|Jefferson Elementary School|
|John Dewey Academy for Learning|
|Keller Elementary School|
|Kennedy Elementary School|
|King Elementary School|
|Langlade Elementary School|
|Lincoln Elementary School|
|Lombardi Middle School|
|MacArthur Elementary School|
|Martin Elementary School|
|McAuliffe Elementary School|
|Nicolet Elementary School|
|Preble High School|
|Red Smith School|
|School for Academically Gifted Learners|
|Southwest High School|
|Sullivan Elementary School|
|Tank Elementary School|
|Washington Middle School|
|Webster Elementary School|
|Wequiock Elementary School|
|West High School|
|Wilder Elementary School|
- See also: Public education in Wisconsin
| Education policy in the U.S. |
| Public education in the U.S. |
| School choice in the U.S. |
| Charter schools in the U.S. |
| State public education information |
| Higher education by state |
| Glossary of education terms |
| Education statistics |
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.
Green Bay Area Public School District achieved an overall score of 64.5 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 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:
The Green Bay Area Public School District has a truancy rate of 11.6 percent, and officials want to change that, specifically at the elementary school level. Administrators, social workers and police officers are working together to start a new initiative to get kids to school.
That initiative started with a letter sent early in 2014 to families with a history of truancy, signed by the school district, the district's attorney, the Green Bay police force and the municipal judge. Then, over the summer, social workers identified which families had the highest truancy rates and met with them individually to work on getting their kids to school. This new initiative is trying to avoid former methods of dealing with truancy, such as writing tickets or punishing students, and instead help families overcome the barriers that keep their children from going to school.
According to Erica Winkler, a social worker in one of the district's elementary schools, those barriers, such as a lack of warm clothing to wear in the winter months and having no transportation and no adult available to walk children to school, are more often the cause of truancy in elementary school than a student's desire to skip class. The district's $7.9 million budget for student transportation allows around 9,000 students out of 22,000 to receive transportation, but expanding student transportation would be fiscally irresponsible, according to district officials. Instead, they are looking into cab options, gas cards and bus tokens for those who have transportation issues.
The more students fall behind when they are young, the more anxious they become and the less likely they are to want to go to school, which creates a learned behavior, according Winkler. This is why the new truancy initiative is focused on elementary school children. Getting younger students to school while they are still learning the basics should help eliminate truancy problems in the future.
Changing the grading scale
In a unanimous decision by the Green Bay Board of Education, students in the district will be graded on a new scale starting with the 2014-2015 school year. The changes added plusses and minuses to the five letter grades and made a failing grade 10 points lower than the former grading scale. Nearly 89 percent of teachers in the district were in favor of the switch. The changes were made to give teachers more flexibility in grading and help students compete with other students in the area. Though existing GPAs will remain, under the new system students on the border of a B under the old scale would be granted an A- with the new scale. This could mean a GPA bump for some students, which could bring in more scholarship money for those going to college.
- List of school districts in Wisconsin
- Green Bay Area Public School District elections (2015)
- Green Bay Area Public School District elections (2014)
- School Board Elections portal
- Green Bay Area Public School District
- City of Green Bay, Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Wisconsin Association of School Boards
- Green Bay Education Association
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "High school completion rates," accessed February 4, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Brown County, Wisconsin," accessed August 28, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Brown County Clerk, "Election Results," accessed February 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- WFRV, "WI Works: 7/19/2011," July 19, 2011
- Star Tribune, "Changes near the top at Anoka-Hennepin," June 29, 2011
- Green Bay Area Public School District, "Board Member Compensation and Expenses," April 23, 2007 (dead link)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Green Bay Area School District, "Board Policy Manual: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS," April 22, 2002
- Green Bay Area Public School District, "2013-2014 Budget," accessed December 11, 2013
- Green Bay Area Public School District, "2014-2015 Budget," accessed December 16, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 5, 2014
- Green Bay Education Association. "Executive Board Members," accessed February 5, 2014
- Green Bay Area Public School District, "Contact Us" accessed February 5, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
- Fox 11, "Green Bay elementary school truancy rate raises concerns," December 11, 2014
- ABC 2, "Green Bay Schools, Police, Courts Tackle Truancy in New Way," December 11, 2014
- Fox11, "Grading scale changing at Green Bay schools," July 21, 2014
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