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%[1]
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.[2] The district improved graduation rates from 84.1 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 86.2 percent during the 2011-2012 school year.[1]

About the district

Janesville School District is located in Rock County, Wisconsin.

Janesville School District is located in Rock County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Janesville. Rock County is home to 160,739 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] During the 2011-2012 school year, Janesville School District was the ninth-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 10,352 students.[4]


Higher education achievement

Rock County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.5 percent of Rock 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

Between 2008 and 2012, the median household income in Rock County was $50,316. During that same time period, the median household income for the entire state was $52,627.[3]

Poverty rate

The poverty rate in Rock County was 13.5 percent from 2008 to 2012, compared to 12.5 percent statewide.[3]

Racial and political demographics

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Rock County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 91.0 88.1
Black or African American 5.1 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.1
Asian 1.1 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.1 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 8.0 6.3

Presidential votes, Rock County, 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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[6]


The superintendent of Janesville School District is 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 2018
Kristin Hesselbacher 2010 2016
Karl Dommershausen 2010 2016
Deborah Schilling 2012 2015
David DiStefano 2012 2015
Dale Thompson 2014 2017
Kevin Murray 2005 2017
Cathy Myers 2013 2016
Bill Sodemann 2005 2017

Governing majority

The Janesville Board of Education voted unanimously on 79.2 percent of its votes in 2014. Out of all votes recorded by the board, 97.9 percent passed.

  • When the board did not vote unanimously:
    • 11.1 percent of the votes did not pass.
    • 61.1 percent of the votes had only one "no" vote.
    • Greg Ardrey, Karl Dommershausen and Dale Thompson voted together 60 percent of the time. Beyond them, there was no likely pattern or alignment between the board members on non-unanimous votes.
    • Kevin Murray was the sole board member to vote against a proposal on 57.2 percent of his "no" votes.
    • Thompson was the sole board member who only voted "no" on proposals when at least one other board member voted against it, as well.
    • Former board member Scott Feldt, who did not run for re-election in April 2014, was the only person not to vote "no" on a single proposal. David DiStefano and Deborah Schilling tied for the next fewest "no" votes with two each.
    • Murray made the most "no" votes with seven, which was followed by Bill Sodemann's six "no" votes.
  • Schilling was absent for 20.8 percent of all votes cast, which was the highest percentage of any board member.
  • Dommershausen was the only board member who served for all of 2014 who did not miss a vote. Thompson, who was elected in April 2014, also did not miss a vote.

The voting data indicates that there is no clear governing majority or minority faction on the board. No individual board member's voting record differs significantly from that of the other board members.[9]

School board elections

See also: Janesville School District elections (2015)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election every April. In 2014, the general election was April 1, 2014. The 2015 general election was April 7, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings, which was last updated in 1998:

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][11]

—Janesville School District Board of Education Policies and Administrative Regulations, (1998)


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 2012-2013 school year.[12][13]




The district's total revenues dropped by 0.5 percent from 2008 to 2012. During that time, local and federal aid decreased while state aid and revenue from other school districts 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
2008-2009 $28,495,595 25.8% $1,272,411 1.2% $66,499,519 60.2% $14,185,258 12.8% $51,350 0% $110,504,133
2009-2010 $27,767,793 24.4% $1,485,114 1.3% $71,840,953 63.2% $11,947,115 10.5% $603,159 0.5% $113,644,134
2010-2011 $28,389,807 24.6% $1,828,939 1.6% $74,224,871 64.4% $10,188,479 8.8% $588,689 0.5% $115,220,786
2011-2012 $30,011,159 27.5% $2,228,545 2% $68,565,046 62.9% $7,335,141 6.7% $813,715 0.7% $108,953,605
2012-2013 $28,398,460 25.8% $2,260,000 2.1% $71,013,168 64.6% $7,799,191 7.1% $483,941 0.4% $109,954,760
Averages: $28,612,562.8 26% $1,815,001.8 2% $70,428,711.4 63% $10,291,036.8 9% $508,170.8 0% $111,655,483.6


From 2008 to 2012, the district's total expenditures decreased by 0.14 percent. While expenditures on staff expenses increased, expenditures on student services, operational expenses and 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
2008-2009 $90,968,467 80% $13,096,129 11.5% $3,686,650 3.2% $2,304,008 2% $3,585,892 3.2% $113,641,146
2009-2010 $92,251,355 80.9% $12,503,159 11% $3,909,881 3.4% $108 0% $5,297,523 4.6% $113,962,026
2010-2011 $94,808,096 83% $12,379,893 10.8% $2,873,841 2.5% $8 0% $4,185,165 3.7% $114,247,103
2011-2012 $91,847,061 83.2% $12,146,063 11% $2,348,305 2.1% $6 0% $4,002,121 3.6% $110,343,558
2012-2013 $96,324,335 84.9% $11,816,481 10.4% $2,356,248 2.1% $0 0% $2,981,285 2.6% $113,478,349
Averages: $93,239,862.8 82% $12,388,345 11% $3,034,985 3% $460,826 0% $4,010,397.2 4% $113,134,436.4

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.[14]


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.[15]

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 percent decrease in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:[2]

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, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

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

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.[17]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[17]

  • 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 72.4 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 accountability ratings for schools in the district, according to the 2013-2014 Annual District Report Card:[17]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2013-2014
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 70.3 66.4
Student Growth 63.9 62.4
Closing Gaps 70.1 66.3
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 85.2 85.3

Accountability ratings for schools in the district, 2013-2014
Category Number of schools Percentage of schools
Significantly exceeds expectations 1 4.8%
Exceeds expectations 7 33.3%
Meets expectations 9 42.9%
Meets few expectations 0 0.0%
Fails to meet expectations 0 0.0%
Alternate Accountability - Satisfactory Progress 4 19.0%
Alternate Accountability - Needs Improvement 0 0.0%

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:[17]

Mathematics proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 44.6 45.2
2009-2010 46.7 47.0
2010-2011 49.7 46.8
2011-2012 53.3 48.3
2012-2013 57.7 48.2
2013-2014 54.3 48.8

Reading proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 33.2 35.3
2009-2010 34.7 35.7
2010-2011 38.0 35.7
2011-2012 38.4 36.0
2012-2013 40.0 36.4
2013-2014 39.8 36.7

Contact information

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

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  2. 2.0 2.1 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 United States Census Bureau, "Rock County, Wisconsin," accessed September 10, 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. Janesville School District, "Meet our Members," accessed February 4, 2014
  9. Janesville School District, "Meeting Agendas, Packets & Minutes," accessed March 4, 2015
  10. Janesville School District, "Policies and Administrative Regulations," accessed February 5, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Janesville School District, "2011-2012 Budget, accessed December 9, 2013
  13. Janesville School District, "2012-12 Budget," accessed September 10, 2014
  14. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 4, 2014
  15. Gazette Xtra, "Local Views: Dismissiveness, discontent concern Janesville teachers," December 30, 2013
  16. Janesville School District, "District Map," accessed February 4, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014