Sheboygan Area School District, Wisconsin

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Sheboygan Area School District
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Sheboygan Area School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Joseph Sheehan
Graduation rate:90.3 percent[2]
Number of schools:24
Budget: $130.6 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 County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Sheboygan. Sheboygan County is home to 114,922 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] During the 2010-2011 school year, the Sheboygan Area School District was the tenth-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 10,124 students.[4]


Higher education achievement

Sheboygan County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.3 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.[3]

Median household income

The median household income in Sheboygan County was $52,967 compared to $52,627 for the entire state between 2008 to 2012.[3]

Poverty rate

From 2008 to 2012, the poverty rate in Sheboygan County was 8.8 percent. During the same time period, the poverty rate statewide was 12.5 percent.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Sheboygan County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 91.5 88.1
Black or African American 1.7 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.1
Asian 4.9 2.5
Two or More Races 1.3 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 5.8 6.3

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 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.[6][7]


The superintendent of Sheboygan Area School District is Joseph Sheehan. He has served in the position since his appointment in 1995.[8]

School board

The Sheboygan Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to three-year terms.[9] Members receive annual compensation determined during the board's annual organization meeting.[10]

Sheboygan Board of Education
Member Term Ends
David Gallianetti 2017
Barbara Tuszynski 2015
John Hill 2015
Jennifer Pothast 2017
Mark Mancl 2016
Susan Hein 2016
Larry Samet 2017
Marcia Reinthaler 2016
Ryan Burg 2015

School board elections

See also: Sheboygan Area 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 held on April 1, 2014. The 2015 general election was held April 7, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The board of education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings:

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.[10][11]

—Sheboygan Area School District Bylaws & Policies, (2012)


Details on the district's revenue and expenditures in recent years can be found in the tables below. The following chart shows the percentages of expenditures by type for the 2013-2014 school year.[12][13]



Revenues in the district for the 2011-2012 school year are detailed in the table below.[14]

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
2011-2012 $46,392,000 35.9% $0 0% $72,147,000 55.8% $10,853,000 8.4% $0 0% $129,392,000
Averages: $46,392,000 36% $0 0% $72,147,000 56% $10,853,000 8% $0 0% $129,392,000


The district's total expenditures increased by 11.1 percent from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2014. During that time, staff expenses and expenditures on student services and debt service increased while operational expenses 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
2009-2010 $117,559,313 89.8% $5,034,065 3.8% $2,374,319 1.8% $5,330,763 4.1% $585,169 0.4% $130,883,629
2011-2012 $129,967,245 91.7% $5,487,230 3.9% $1,162,603 0.8% $4,654,296 3.3% $495,645 0.3% $141,767,019
2012-2013 $130,527,657 90.5% $5,163,885 3.6% $723,027 0.5% $7,095,032 4.9% $726,052 0.5% $144,235,653
2013-2014 $130,731,770 88.8% $5,320,833 3.6% $1,000,000 0.7% $9,379,063 6.4% $803,607 0.5% $147,235,273
2014-2015 $119,902,677 91.8% $5,324,154 4.1% $1,000,000 0.8% $4,041,104 3.1% $310,500 0.2% $130,578,435
Averages: $104,781,443.67 76% $5,253,654.33 4% $1,200,318.67 1% $5,933,769.17 4% $601,385.17 0% $137,998,114

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:[15]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 38,705 56,083
B.A. 15 43,309 58,887
B.A. 30 45,490 62,211
B.A. 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 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 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, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[16]

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

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.

Sheboygan Area School District achieved an overall score of 68.9 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 64.5 66.4
Student Growth 60.9 62.4
Closing Gaps 65.3 66.3
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 84.9 85.3

Accountability ratings for schools in the district, 2013-2014
Category Number of schools Percentage of schools
Significantly exceeds expectations 1 4.0%
Exceeds expectations 6 24.0%
Meets expectations 14 56.0%
Meets few expectations 1 4.0%
Fails to meet expectations 0 0.0%
Alternate Accountability - Satisfactory Progress 3 12.0%
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 51.0 45.2
2009-2010 51.8 47.0
2010-2011 50.2 46.8
2011-2012 49.8 48.3
2012-2013 49.2 48.2
2013-2014 48.1 48.8

Reading proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 32.2 35.3
2009-2010 31.5 35.7
2010-2011 32.0 35.7
2011-2012 32.1 36.0
2012-2013 33.2 36.4
2013-2014 32.6 36.7


School board passes resolution against proposed state budget

The Sheboygan Area School District Board of Education joined a number of other school district officials across the state by speaking out against Gov. Scott Walker's proposed state budget. The board passed a resolution saying they were formally against the education funding portion of the budget.[18]

In the resolution, the board pointed to proposed education funding changes, such as the decrease in per-pupil funding by $150, the lack of increase in funding to account for inflation and the savings built in for taxpayers. The proposed cuts caused the district to project a $3 million decrease in funding for the 2014-2015 school year.[18]

Board member Mark Mancl said passing the resolution gave the board "direction" and "validation."[18]

Superintendent retained

On January 27, 2015, the school board decided to extend the contract of Superintendent Joe Sheehan by one year to last through the 2017-2018 school year. The salary for that school year was not determined at that time. Sheehan's salary for the 2014-2015 school year was $150,679, with a contractual raise of $4,520 for the 2015-2016 school year and $4,656 for the 2016-2017 school year.[19]

Contact information

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

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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, "Sheboygan County, Wisconsin," accessed September 12, 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. 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.
  8. LinkedIn, "Joe Sheehan," accessed February 7, 2014
  9. Sheboygan Area School District, "Board of Education," accessed September 12, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Sheboygan Area School District, "Bylaws," accessed February 10, 2014
  11. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  12. Sheboygan Area School District, "2013-2014 Budget Hearing Presentation," accessed December 9, 2013
  13. Sheboygan Area School District, "2014-2015 Budget Hearing Presentation," accessed December 16, 2014
  14. United States Census Bureau, "Revenue of Public Elementary-Secondary School Systems in the United States by School System: Fiscal Year 2012," accessed September 12, 2014
  15. Sheboygan Area School District, "Teacher Salary Schedule 2013-2014," accessed February 10, 2014
  16. Sheboygan Area School District, "School Listing," accessed February 10, 2014
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 WHBL, "SASD board officially against Walker's proposed education budget," March 24, 2015
  19. Sheboygan Press, "School board extends Sheehan's contract through 2018," January 28, 2015