Sheboygan Area School District, Wisconsin

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Sheboygan Area School District
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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District Profile
Superintendent:Joseph Sheehan
Graduation rate:90.3 percent[2]
Number of schools:24
Budget: $147.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:David Gallianetti
Board members:9
Term length:3
Sheboygan Area School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 10,350 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district improved graduation rates from 88.6 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 90.3 percent during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Sheboygan Area School District is located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Sheboygan Area School District is located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, which is the county seat of Sheboygan County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Sheboygan is home to 48,895 residents.[3] Sheboygan Area School District is the tenth-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 10,124 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[4]


Sheboygan underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.7 percent of Sheboygan residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Sheboygan was $42,549 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Sheboygan was 12.9 percent compared to 12.5 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Sheboygan (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 82.5 86.2
Black or African American 1.8 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.0
Asian 9.0 2.3
Two or More Races 2.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 9.9 5.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 44.5 54.3
2008 48.9 49.5
2004 44.0 55.0
2000 42.6 53.7

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[6]


The superintendent of Sheboygan Area School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Joseph Sheehan. He has served in the position since his appointment in 1995.[7]

School board

The Sheboygan Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to three-year terms. Members receive annual compensation determined during the board's annual organization meeting.[8]

Sheboygan Board of Education
Member Term Ends
David Gallianetti 2014
Barbara Tuszynski 2015
John Hill 2015
Jennifer Pothast 2014
Mark Mancl 2016
Susan Hein 2016
Larry Samet 2014
Marcia Reinthaler 2016
Ryan Burg 2015

School board elections

See also: Sheboygan Area 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:[8]

The Board of Education recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on District matters.

Agenda Item

Any person or group wishing to place an item on the agenda shall register their intent with the District Administrator no later than ten (10) days prior to the meeting and include:

  • name and address of the participant;
  • group affiliation, if and when appropriate; and
  • topic to be addressed.

Such requests shall be subject to the approval of the District Administrator and the Board President.

Public-Participation Section of the Meeting

To permit fair and orderly public expression, the Board shall provide a period for public participation at every regular meeting of the Board and publish rules to govern such participation in Board meetings.

The presiding officer of each Board meeting at which public participation is permitted shall administer the rules of the Board for its conduct.

The presiding officer shall be guided by the following rules:

  • Public participation shall be permitted as indicated on the order of business at the discretion of the presiding officer.
  • Anyone having a legitimate interest in the actions of the Board may participate during the public portion of a meeting.
  • Attendees must register their intention to participate in the public portion of the meeting upon their arrival at the meeting.
  • Participants must be recognized by the presiding officer and will be requested to preface their comments by an announcement of their name, address and group affiliation, if and when appropriate.
  • Each statement made by a participant shall be limited to three (3) minutes duration.
  • All statements shall be directed to the presiding officer; no person may address or question Board members individually.
  • The presiding officer may:
    • interrupt, warn, or terminate a participant's statement when the statement is too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant;
    • request any individual to leave the meeting when that person does not observe reasonable decorum;
    • request the assistance of law enforcement officers in the removal of a disorderly person when that person's conduct interferes with the orderly progress of the meeting;
    • call for a recess or an adjournment to another time when the lack of public decorum so interferes with the orderly conduct of the meeting as to warrant such action; or
    • waive these rules.

Recording, filming, or photographing the Board’s open meetings is permitted. Recording, filming, or photographing the Board’s closed session is only permitted pursuant to Bylaw 0167.2 – Closed Session. The person operating the equipment should contact the District Administrator prior to the Board meeting to review possible placement of the equipment, and must agree to abide by the following conditions:

  • No obstructions are created between the Board and the audience;
  • No interviews are conducted in the meeting room while the Board is in session; and
  • No commentary, adjustment of equipment, or positioning of operators is made that would distract either the Board or members of the audience or otherwise disrupt the meeting while the Board is in session.[9]


The table below displays the budget for Sheboygan Area School District.[10]

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
2013-2014 $130,731,770 88.8% $5,320,833 3.6% $1,000,000 0.7% $6,479,965 4.4% $803,607 0.5% $147,235,273
Averages: $130,731,770 89% $5,320,833 4% $1,000,000 1% $6,479,965 4% $803,607 1% $147,235,273

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries at Sheboygan 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 2013-2014 school year:[11]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
BA 38,705 56,083
BA 15 43,309 58,887
BA 30 45,490 62,211
BA 45 47,705 66,988
MA 44,451 66,988
MA 15 50,025 71,420
MA 30 54,387 77,408

Schools in Sheboygan Area School District


The district served 10,350 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 0.8% 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 10,260 -
2010 10,217 -0.4
2011 10,212 -
2012 10,447 2.3
2013 10,350 -0.9

District schools

Sheboygan Area School District operates 24 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[12]

Sheboygan Area School District
Central High School
Cleveland Elementary School
Cooper Elementary School
Elementary School for the Arts and Academics
Farnsworth Middle School
George D. Warriner Middle School for Personalized Learning
Grant Elementary School
Horace Mann Middle School
IDEAS Academy
Jackson Elementary School
James Madison Elementary School
Jefferson Elementary School
Lake Country Academy
Lincoln-Erdman Elementary School
Longfellow Elementary School
Mosaic School
North High School
Northeast Wisconsin Montessori Charter School
Pigeon River Elementary School
Sheboygan Leadership Academy
Sheridan Elementary School
South High School
Urban Middle 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.[13]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[13]

  • 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.

Sheboygan Area School District achieved an overall score of 68.9 during the 2012-2013 school year. The district's overall score led to a Meets 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:[13]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 64.8 66.1
Student Growth 59.2 60.6
Closing Gaps 65.9 66.8
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 85.5 84.9

Contact information

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Sheboygan Area School District
830 Virginia Ave.
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Phone: (920) 459-3500

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The good

  • Budgets are posted.
  • School board members contact information posted.[14]
  • Administrative staff with contact information posted.[15]
  • Staff directory posted.[16]
  • Academic performance report posted.[17]
  • School board meeting agendas and minutes posted.[14]
  • Contracts are posted.[18]

The bad

  • Taxes not posted.
  • Public records information not posted.
  • Audits not posted.

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, "Sheboygan, Wisconsin," accessed February 7, 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. LinkedIn, "Joe Sheehan," accessed February 7, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Sheboygan Area School District, "Bylaws," accessed February 10, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Sheboygan Area School District, "2013-2014 Budget Hearing Presentation," accessed December 9, 2013
  11. Sheboygan Area School District, "Teacher Salary Schedule 2013-2014," accessed February 10, 2014
  12. Sheboygan Area School District, "School Listing," accessed February 10, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 Sheboygan Area School District, "Board of Education," accessed February 7, 2014
  15. Sheboygan Area School District, "District Administration," accessed February 7, 2014
  16. Sheboygan Area School District, "Staff Directory," accessed February 7, 2014
  17. Sheboygan Area School District, "Student Achievement Data," accessed February 7, 2014
  18. Sheboygan Area School District, "Budget Information," accessed February 7, 2014