Oshkosh Area School District, Wisconsin
|Oshkosh Area School District|
|Superintendent:||Stan Mack II|
|Number of schools:||22|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Matthew Wiedenhoeft|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Oshkosh Area School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
Oshkosh Area School District is located in Winnebago County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Oshkosh. Winnebago County was home to 169,541 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau. During the 2010-2011 school year, Oshkosh Area School District was the 11th-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 10,111 students.
Higher education achievement
Winnebago County underperformed compared to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 25.0 percent of Oshkosh 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
The median household income in Winnebago County was $51,603 from 2008 to 2012. During that same time period, it was $52,627 for the entire state.
From 2008 to 2012, the poverty rate in Winnebago County was 11.5 percent compared to 12.5 percent statewide.
Racial and political demographics
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
The superintendent of Oshkosh Area School District is Stan Mack II. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2012. Mack previously served as the executive director of the Minnesota Board of School Administrators.
The Oshkosh Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. The board determines compensation for members during the annual organization meeting.
|Oshkosh Board of Education|
School board elections
Members of the Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on April 1, 2014. Two seats were up for election on April 7, 2015, and two 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:
|“||Public participation at school board meetings shall be as follows:
1. Written comments, if any, must be presented to the Board before or after the meeting or during the public forums.
2. The Board President will recognize, during the public forums, all speakers asking for their names and addresses, which shall also be written on a sign-up sheet, and, when appropriate, the name of any group they represent.
3. Citizens should limit their remarks to five minutes unless otherwise directed by the Board President.
4. The Board may respond to each presenter and/or direct administration to take further action on concerns expressed when appropriate. While the Board recognizes its obligation to hear and respond to the public on noticed matters, it also reserves the right to meet to meet in executive session on appropriate subjects.
5. Information on public forum procedures shall be made available to the general public. When necessary, the Board President will remind citizens presenting public statements that the use of specific names of district personnel may lead to legal liability. In such instances, the President will offer citizens the opportunity to pursue the district's formal complaint process.
—Oshkosh Area School District Board Policy Manual, (2002)
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 increased by 6.4 percent from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014. During this time period, all sources of revenue 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 fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014, the district's total expenditures increased by 5.2 percent. During this time period, operational expenses decreased while staff expenses, students services, debt service and other expenditures 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|
Teacher salaries at Oshkosh Area School District are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table lists salaries for district teachers during the 2011-2012 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Teachers in Oshkosh Area School District are represented by the Oshkosh Education Association (OEA). The president of the OEA during the 2013-2014 school year was John Reiland.
Schools in Oshkosh Area School District
The district served 10,015 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 2.4 percent decrease in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Oshkosh Area School District operates 22 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|Oshkosh Area School District|
|Carl Traeger Elementary School|
|Carl Traeger Middle School|
|Emmeline Cook Elementary School|
|Franklin Elementary School|
|Green Meadow Elementary School|
|Jacob Shapiro Elementary School|
|Jefferson Elementary School|
|Lakeside Elementary School|
|Merrill Elementary School|
|Merrill Middle School|
|North High School|
|Oaklawn Elementary School|
|Oakwood Elementary School|
|Perry Tipler Middle School|
|Read Elementary School|
|Roosevelt Elementary School|
|Smith Elementary School|
|South Park Middle School|
|Washington Elementary School|
|Webster Stanley Elementary School|
|Webster Stanley Middle School|
|West High 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 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.
Oshkosh Area School District achieved an overall score of 71.8 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 accountability ratings for schools in the district, 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 Oshkosh Area School District in February 2015, and under state law, the district was required to provide it.
School Choice Wisconsin filed an open records request for students 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.
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 planned 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.”
The Oshkosh Area School District did not have to provide as much information as other school districts that received the same open records request. 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 district said it would provide the information requested, but only that which fell into its definition of directory data information. That means it did not provide School Choice Wisconsin with the addresses or phone numbers of its middle and high school students. It provided the addresses and phone numbers of elementary school students, as that is considered directory data information in order to encourage students in that age bracket to socialize outside of school.
Board approves new teacher pay plan
In order to get a raise in pay, teachers in the Oshkosh Area School District now have to take professional development courses. On August 13, 2014, the Oshkosh Area Board of Education voted 5-1 to implement a new pay plan. Steve Eliasen was the only dissenting vote, and board president Matthew Wiedenhoeft was not present at the meeting. Eliasen called the plan a good starting point but said he wished district leaders had sought more input from sources outside of education and had included more than just professional development. Many other board members called the plan a work-in-progress but believed it was ready to be tested. The plan will be reviewed each year and amended as needed.
The pay plan is structured only for professional employees, not support staff. To move up in the plan, those employees have to earn 35 district points during the school year, and to remain a teacher in good standing, they must earn at least 35 points during their three-year evaluation period. Points are earned by participating in professional development activities outside of school hours, and the activities must cover one of the following four subjects: technology, disciplinary literacy, effective instruction and assessment or social and emotional growth.
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- Oshkosh 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, "Winnebago County, Wisconsin," accessed September 18, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Election Results," accessed February 5, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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.
- LinkedIn, "Stan F. Mack II," accessed February 5, 2014
- Oshkosh Area School District, "Policies," accessed February 5, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Oshkosh Area School District, "Proposed Budget Fiscal Year 2012-2013," accessed December 9, 2013
- Oshkosh Area School District, "Proposed Budget Fiscal Year 2013-2014," accessed September 18, 2014
- Wisconsin Education Association Council, "OEA Contract 2011-2012," September 1, 2011
- Oshkosh Education Association, "Local Officers," accessed February 5, 2014
- Oshkosh Area School District, "Contact Us," accessed February 5, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
- ABC 2, "Green Bay lawmakers want law to protect student information," February 13, 2015
- Fox 11, "School districts differ on giving up 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
- ABC 2, "Parents opt out of student directory release," February 24, 2015
- The Northwestern, "Oshkosh school board approves new teacher pay plan," August 13, 2014
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