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Green Bay Area Public School District
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay Area Public School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Michelle Langenfeld
Graduation rate:79.9%[2]
Number of schools:37
Budget: $252.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Brenda Warren
Board members:7
Term length:3
Green Bay Area School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 21,043 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district improved graduation rates from 74.9 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 79.9 percent during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Green Bay Area Public School District is located in Brown County, Wisconsin.

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.[3] During the 2011-2012 school year, Green Bay Area Public School District was the fifth-largest school district in Wisconsin.[4]


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.[3]

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.[3]

Poverty rate

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.[3]

Racial and political demographics

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Brown County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 89.3 88.1
Black or African American 2.5 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 3.1 1.1
Asian 3.0 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.1 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.8 6.3

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 48.5 50.2
2008 53.9 44.7
2004 44.5 54.4
2000 45.5 50.3

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] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The superintendent of Green Bay Area Public School District is Michelle Langenfeld. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2011.[7] Langenfeld previously served as the assistant superintendent for public schools at Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota from 2008 to 2011.[8]

School board

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.[9]

Green Bay Board of Education
Member Title Term Ends
Brenda Warren President 2016
Katie Maloney Vice President 2017
Chris Wagner Treasurer 2016
Celestine Jeffreys Clerk 2016
Michael Blecha Trustee 2017
Andrew Becker Trustee 2015
Mary Frantz Trustee 2015

Governing majority

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.[10]

  • When the board did not vote unanimously:
  • 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

See also: Green Bay Area Public 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 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.[11][12]

—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.[13][14]




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
2012-2013 $65,970,342 28.1% $0 0% $148,270,727 63.2% $17,297,358 7.4% $3,114,374 1.3% $234,652,801
2013-2014 $71,601,178 28.3% $0 0% $152,295,583 60.3% $23,142,248 9.2% $5,682,935 2.2% $252,721,944
2014-2015 $68,081,755 26.9% $0 0% $159,577,048 63% $22,971,259 9.1% $2,761,853 1.1% $253,391,915
Averages: $68,551,091.67 28% $0 0% $153,381,119.33 62% $21,136,955 9% $3,853,054 2% $246,922,220


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
2012-2013 $183,404,225 79.1% $7,018,051 3% $28,952,914 12.5% $7,224,625 3.1% $5,283,035 2.3% $231,882,850
2013-2014 $199,684,643 79% $9,309,501 3.7% $32,202,762 12.7% $10,404,488 4.1% $1,120,550 0.4% $252,721,944
2014-2015 $203,879,084 79.9% $9,336,713 3.7% $36,041,814 14.1% $0 0% $5,835,498 2.3% $255,093,109
Averages: $195,655,984 79% $8,554,755 3% $32,399,163.33 13% $5,876,371 2% $4,079,694.33 2% $246,565,967.67

Teacher salaries

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.[15]


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.[16]

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:[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 20,539 -
2010 20,561 0.1
2011 20,663 0.4
2012 20,780 0.5
2013 21,043 1.2

District schools

Green Bay Area Public School District operates 37 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[17]

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

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.[18]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[18]

  • 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:[18]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2013-2014
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 56.1 66.4
Student Growth 57.9 62.4
Closing Gaps 63.5 66.3
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 80.7 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 5 13.5%
Meets expectations 14 36.8%
Meets few expectations 14 36.8%
Fails to meet expectations 2 5.3%
Alternate Accountability - Satisfactory Progress 2 5.3%
Alternate Accountability - Needs Improvement 1 2.6%

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 2013-2014 school year:[18]

Mathematics proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 44.6 45.2
2009-2010 47.3 47.0
2010-2011 47.1 46.8
2011-2012 48.0 48.3
2012-2013 38.7 48.2
2013-2014 36.7 48.8

Reading proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 30.5 35.3
2009-2010 30.8 35.7
2010-2011 31.9 35.7
2011-2012 32.4 36.0
2012-2013 27.8 36.4
2013-2014 26.8 36.7


Superintendent speaks out at hearing on proposed budget

At a public hearing on Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget, Green Bay Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld told the Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Finance Committee that she needs help crafting her district's budget. Langenfeld said her district cannot be sure what its revenue will be with the possibility of unlimited vouchers available to private schools for the 2015-2016 school year.[19]

“How do I explain, that if history is to be our guide, many of these students will never have attended the school district and therefore, the voucher program is literally taking money away from their students’ classrooms to pay for vouchers," said Langenfeld.[19]

Langenfeld was not alone in speaking out against the proposed cuts and changes to public education funding. Education officials from the Appleton Area School District, the Howard-Suamico School District and the Ashwaubenon School District joined Langenfeld and more than 200 others to testify at the hearing. Along with education issues, people spoke to lawmakers on health care issues, transportation funding and changes to programs for seniors and the disabled.[19]

Staff members from private voucher schools in Green Bay, Appleton, and Fond du Lac also attended the hearing to praise the governor's proposal to expand the voucher system.[19]

Student information requested from school choice group

School Choice Wisconsin, a school choice advocacy group, requested information on all students attending the Green Bay Area Public School District in February 2015, and under state law, the district was required to provide it. Green Bay Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld, however, informed parents of the request, and after hearing from a number of them, School Choice Wisconsin changed its original request.[20][21][22]

"We have never had a request from a third party asking for information about every single student. Our real concern is student privacy," said Langenfeld in response to the initial request.[21]

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 and would likely be shared with private and parochial schools that are currently part of the state's voucher program. 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.[20][21][23][24]

In response to questions from parents about the information, School Choice Wisconsin limited its records request to student addresses only, no longer requesting students names, phone numbers, grade levels or schools.[22]

"We worked with the district to both clarify our use of the data and help resolve parental concerns. It was never our intention to use the data in any way that would cause privacy concerns," said School Choice Wisconsin President Jim Bender in a joint statement released with the school district.[22]

Some state officials 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.[20][21]

"As a parent and lawmaker, I'm outraged by this request for personal student information," said Genrich.[21]

Genrich said his office received a number of concerns in regards to the request, and he relayed these concerns to School Choice Wisconsin. After the joint statement was made, Genrich released his own statement.[22]

"While I remain opposed to this open records request in principle and in its entirety, I am pleased that some progress was made in the short-term to better safeguard student information," said Genrich.[22]

Together, he and Hansen 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.”[20]

Unlike some districts, the Green Bay Area Public School District would have had to provide all the requested information to School Choice Wisconsin if they had not limited the request, as the district defines everything the group originally asked for as directory data information. State law requires school districts to turn over directory data information to anyone who asks for it, but it also allows school districts to decide on their own definition of what constitutes directory data information. The Oshkosh Area School District, for example, has a more limited definition of directory data information, so it did not have to provide School Choice Wisconsin with the addresses or phone numbers of its middle and high school students.[24]

According to legal counsel for the Green Bay Area Public School District, the district plans to change its definition of directory data information for the 2015-2016 school year. The district asked for a fee of $380 in order to assemble and copy the records requested.[23][24]

Combating truancy

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.[25][26]

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.[25][26]

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.[25]

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.[26]

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.[27]

Contact information

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Green Bay Area Public School District
200 South Broadway
Green Bay, WI 54303
Phone: (920) 448-2000

See also

External links

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  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 3.3 3.4 United States Census Bureau, "Brown County, Wisconsin," accessed August 28, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. Brown County Clerk, "Election Results," accessed February 5, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. WFRV, "WI Works: 7/19/2011," July 19, 2011
  8. Star Tribune, "Changes near the top at Anoka-Hennepin," June 29, 2011
  9. Green Bay Area Public School District, "Board Member Compensation and Expenses," April 23, 2007 (dead link)
  10. Green Bay Area Public School District, "Meetings," accessed September 2, 2014
  11. Green Bay Area School District, "Board Policy Manual: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AT BOARD MEETINGS," April 22, 2002
  12. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  13. Green Bay Area Public School District, "2013-2014 Budget," accessed December 11, 2013
  14. Green Bay Area Public School District, "2014-2015 Budget," accessed December 16, 2014
  15. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 5, 2014
  16. Green Bay Education Association. "Executive Board Members," accessed February 5, 2014
  17. Green Bay Area Public School District, "Contact Us" accessed February 5, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 WTAQ, "Green Bay-area public school officials decry proposed budget cuts," March 18, 2015
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 ABC 2, "Green Bay lawmakers want law to protect student information," February 13, 2015
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 Green Bay Press Gazette, "Voucher group requests student info from public schools," February 13, 2015
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 WTAQ, "Modified open records request sent to Green Bay school district," February 18, 2015
  23. 23.0 23.1 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "School choice group seeks personal data on students," February 13, 2015
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Fox 11, "School districts differ on giving up student information," February 13, 2015
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Fox 11, "Green Bay elementary school truancy rate raises concerns," December 11, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 ABC 2, "Green Bay Schools, Police, Courts Tackle Truancy in New Way," December 11, 2014
  27. Fox11, "Grading scale changing at Green Bay schools," July 21, 2014