Janesville School District, Wisconsin

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Janesville School District
Janesville, Wisconsin
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District Profile
Superintendent:Karen Schulte
Graduation rate:86.2%[2]
Number of schools:22
Budget: $111.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Greg Ardrey
Board members:9
Term length:3
Janesville School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 10,409 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district improved graduation rates from 84.1% during the 2009-2010 school year to 86.2% during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Janesville School District is located in Janesville, Wisconsin
Janesville School District is located in Janesville, Wisconsin, which is the county seat of Rock County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Janesville is home to 63,588 residents.[3] Janesville School District is the ninth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 10,339 students during the 2010-11 school year.[4]


Janesville underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.5% of Janesville 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 Janesville was $49,084 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Janesville was 14.1% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Janesville (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 91.7 86.2
Black or African American 2.6 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.0
Asian 1.3 2.3
Two or More Races 2.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 60.9 37.8
2008 63.8 34.5
2004 58.3 41.1
2000 57.4 39.0

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.[6]


The superintendent of Janesville School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Karen Schulte. She has served in the position since her appointment in 2009. Schulte previously served as the district's Director of Student Services from 2004 to 2009.[7]

School board

The Janesville Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to three-year terms.[8]

Janesville Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Greg Ardrey 2012 2015
Kristin Hesselbacher 2010 2016
Karl Dommershausen 2010 2016
Deborah Schilling 2012 2015
David DiStefano 2012 2015
Scott Feldt 2011 2014
Kevin Murray 2005 2014
Cathy Myers 2013 2016
Bill Sodemann 2005 2014

School board elections

See also: Janesville School District elections (2014)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election every April.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2010:[9]

With the exception of duly noticed closed sessions of the board, all regular and special meetings of the board will be open to the public and will be properly noticed through posting and notification of the press. Because the board desires to hear the viewpoints of citizens throughout the district, the board may schedule one or more periods during each open meeting for public participation. The board may set a time limit on the length of this period and/or a time limit for individual speakers.

Comments and questions at a regular meeting may deal with any topic related to the board's conduct of the schools. Comments at special meetings must be related to the call of the meeting.

The board president will be responsible for recognizing all speakers, who will be asked to properly identify themselves and their place of residence; for maintaining proper order; and for adherence to any time limits set. Questions asked by the public will, when possible, be answered immediately by the president or other board members, referred to staff members present for reply, or may be referred to a later board agenda for discussion. The board may discuss any matter raised by the public. Questions requiring investigation will be referred to the District Administrator for consideration and later response.

Speakers may offer such objective criticisms of school operations and programs as concern them, but in public session, the board will not hear personal complaints of school personnel or against any person connected with the school system. The board will consider and dispose of legitimate complaints involving individuals in accordance with established procedures.

The board vests in its president the authority to recognize members of the public as the board conducts its official business, when in his/her judgement, it is in the best interest of the school district.[10]


The table below displays the budget for Janesville School District.[11]

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
2010-2011 $94,808,096 83% $2,873,841 2.5% $12,379,893 10.8% $8 0% $4,185,165 3.7% $114,247,103
2011-2012 $93,497,257 83.9% $2,592,198 2.3% $12,085,870 10.9% $1,000 0% $3,210,515 2.9% $111,386,840
Averages: $94,152,676.5 83% $2,733,019.5 2% $12,232,881.5 11% $504 0% $3,697,840 3% $112,816,971.5

Teacher salaries

The average salary for a teacher at Janesville School District during the 2013-2014 school year was $57,702. The minimum salary was $31,520 and the maximum salary was $77,209 according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.[12]


Teachers at Janesville School District are represented by the Janesville Education Association (JEA). The president of JEA during the 2013-2014 school year was David Parr.[13]

Schools in Janesville School District


The district served 10,409 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 0.8% decrease 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 10,493 -
2010 10,364 -1.2
2011 10,344 -0.1
2012 10,344 -
2013 10,409 0.6

District schools

Janesville School District operates 22 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[14]

Janesville School District
Adams Elementary School
Community Education Recovery Services
Craig High School
Edison Middle School
Franklin Middle School
Harrison Elementary School
Jackson Elementary School
Janesville Academy for International Studies
Janesville Virtual Academy
Jefferson Elementary School
Kennedy Elementary School
Lincoln Elementary School
Madison Elementary School
Marshall Middle School
Monroe Elementary School
Parker High School
Rock River Charter School
Roosevelt Elementary School
Tailoring Academics to Guide Our Students
Van Buren Elementary School
Washington Elementary School
Wilson Elementary 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.[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.

Janesville School District achieved an overall score of 74.8 during the 2012-2013 school year. The district's overall score led to an Exceeds 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:[15]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 69.5 66.1
Student Growth 71.2 60.6
Closing Gaps 74.1 66.8
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 84.5 84.9

Contact information

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Janesville School District
527 S. Franklin St.
Janesville, WI 53548
Phone: (608) 743-5000

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Last rated on April 16, 2012.

The good

  • Meeting times, agendas and minutes are posted.[16][17][18]
  • Board members and their contacts are listed.[8]
  • Administrative contacts are priovided.[19]
  • A link to the state academic performance database is given.
  • Information available on Wisconsin Open Records Law.[19]
  • Budgets for past two years are published, but audits are only available for 2011.[20]
  • Academic performance measures are provided.[21]

The bad

  • No information about taxes proposed or passed to generate revenue for schools.
  • District funded lobbying is not discussed.
  • Contracts are not posted.
  • Background check policies and procedures are not mentioned.

See also

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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 United States Census Bureau, "Janesville, Wisconsin," accessed January 28, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
  5. Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed January 28, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. National School Security and Safety Services, "School Safety Leader: Dr. Karen Schulte," July 26, 2010
  8. 8.0 8.1 Janesville School District, "Meet our Members," accessed February 4, 2014
  9. Janesville School District, "Policies and Administrative Regulations," accessed February 5, 2014
  10. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Janesville School District, "2011-2012 Budget, accessed December 9, 2013
  12. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 4, 2014
  13. Janesville Education Association, "Contact Us," accessed February 4, 2014
  14. Janesville School District, "District Map," accessed February 4, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  16. Janesville School District, "Board of Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  17. Janesville School District, "Agenda," accessed February 4, 2014
  18. Janesville School District, "Board of Education Minutes," accessed February 4, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 Janesville School District, "Public Information," accessed February 4, 2014
  20. Janesville School District, "Finance," accessed February 4, 2014
  21. Janesville School District, "Performance Report," accessed February 4, 2014