Sun Prairie Area School District, Wisconsin
|Sun Prairie Area School District|
|Sun Prairie, Wisconsin|
|Number of schools:||12|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Tom Weber|
|Board members:||7 at-large members|
|Term length:||3 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Sun Prairie Area School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtSun Prairie, Wisconsin which lies in Dane County. In 2013, Dane County was home to approximately 509,939 residents according to estimates by the United States Census Bureau. During the 2011-2012 school year, Sun Prairie School District was the 18th-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 7,095 students.
Higher education achievement
Dane County outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 46.6 percent of Dane County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for Wisconsin as a whole.
Median household income
From 2008 through 2013, the median household income in the county was $61,721, compared to $52,413 for the state of Wisconsin.
The poverty rate in Dane County was 12.9 percent from 2008 through 2013. During that same time period, the poverty rate for the entire state was 13.0 percent.
Racial and political demographics
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
Tim Culver is the superintendent of the Sun Prairie Area School District. He has been superintendent for over 17 years. Before he took the position, he worked as assistant superintendent for instructional programs in Marysville, Washington.
|Sun Prairie Area School Board|
|Member||Assumed office||Term Ends|
School board elections
Members of the Sun Prairie Area School Board are elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis every year. Two seats were up for election in 2014, three seats will be up for election in 2015, and two seats will be up for election in 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Sun Prairie Area School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
|“||1. It is the intent of the School Board, as the representative body of the district, to provide the opportunity for any citizen of the district to address the Board.
2. The Board shall schedule time at the beginning of each regular Board meeting for members of the public to speak to items not on the agenda and items on the agenda that are not listed under “New Business.” This time may be extended beyond one-half hour upon majority approval of the Board members.
3. The Board shall allow members of the public to comment on items listed on the agenda under “New Business” at the time they are addressed by the Board during the meeting, in accordance with board operating principles and ground rules.
4. The Board President shall be responsible for recognizing citizens and maintaining order at the meeting.
5. In order to assure that all persons who wish to speak to the Board may be heard and treated fairly, and at the same time conduct its meetings efficiently, the Board adopts the following procedures:
—Sun Prairie Area School District website, (2015), 
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 8.4 percent between the 2011-2012 school year and the 2013-2014 school year. Local revenue and federal aid decreased during that time period 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|
From 2011 to 2013, the district's total expenditures increased by 6.6 percent. During that time, debt service expenditures decreased while staff expenses, expenditures on students services and operational expenses 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|
The average teaching salary in the Sun Prairie Area School District is $43,179.
Schools in Sun Prairie Area School District
Sun Prairie Area School District served 7,598 students during the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment in the district increased by 12.7 percent from 2009 to 2013.
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
|Sun Prairie Area School District|
|Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School|
|C.H. Bird Elementary|
|Patrick Marsh Middle School|
|Prairie Phoenix Academy|
|Prairie View Middle School|
|Royal Oaks Elementary|
|Sun Prairie High School|
- See also: Public education in Wisconsin
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| State public education information |
| Higher education by state |
| Glossary of education terms |
| Education statistics |
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 10th grade. WSAS tests also evaluate proficiency in language arts, science and social studies at grades four, eight and 10. 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.
Sun Prairie Area School District received an overall score of 75.1 during the 2013-2014 school year. The district's overall score led to an "Exceeds 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 2009-2010 school year through the 2013-2014 school year:
In December 2014, Dr. Tim Culver, superintendent of the Sun Prairie Area School District, announced he would retire from the district effective June 30, 2015, after serving for over 17 years. During his time as superintendent, the district grew from an enrollment of 4,000 to nearly 8,000 students. Culver helped launch full-day kindergarten, the city's 4K program and the Sun Prairie Education Foundation. He is leaving the district to become superintendent of the Oak Creek-Franklin School District in July 2015.
Changing teacher pay models after Act 10
The Sun Prairie Area School District is now requiring teachers to take 60 hours of professional development courses in order to step up to the district's next pay level. The district is also adjusting salaries for teachers with certification in high-need subject areas to help retain and attract good teachers. This model follows a new trend in changing teacher pay plans after Wisconsin's Act 10 came into effect.
Act 10 prohibits unions from negotiating anything more than base wages up to the rate of inflation, leaving the rest of a teacher's salary up to the school district. This has created an atmosphere of competition, as districts can now offer signing bonuses, raises and to pay resignation fees for teachers who leave a district mid-year. Prior to Act 10, teachers had many incentives to stay in a district long term. This new competitive atmosphere came with a rise in teacher turnover in some districts. If teachers are unhappy with a district's pay plan, they know other districts might have better offers.
Tim Culver, Sun Prairie's superintendent, said it's valuable for a district to be able to reward teachers who have degrees in competitive fields like engineering and agriculture. Under the new plan, the district can offer more money to teachers with multiple degrees.
- Wisconsin school districts
- List of school districts in Wisconsin
- Sun Prairie Area School District elections (2015)
- Public education in Wisconsin
- School board elections portal
- Sun Prairie Area School District
- City of Sun Prairie
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Wisconsin Association of School Boards
- 'Wisconsin Information System for Education, "HS Completion (Single Year): Sun Prairie Area," accessed January 15, 2015
- Wisconsin Information System for Education, "Enrollment (Single Year): Sun Prairie Area," accessed January 15, 2015
- United States Census Bureau, "Dane County, Wisconsin," accessed September 24, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Dane County Clerk's Office, "Election Results," accessed January 27, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- The Sun Prarie Star, "Sun Prairie Area School District superintendent announces retirement," December 17, 2014
- Sun Prairie Area School District, "School Board," accessed January 15, 2015
- Sun Prairie Area School District, "Meet the School Board Members," accessed January 15, 2015
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Sun Prairie Area School District, "Board Policies: Public Participation At Board Meetings," accessed January 15, 2015
- Sun Prairie Area School District, "2013-2014 School District Annual Meeting," accessed January 15, 2015
- Teacher Salary Info, "Average Teacher Salary in Sun Prairie Area School District," accessed January 16, 2015
- Sun Prairie Area School District, "Elementary Schools," accessed January 16, 2015
- Sun Prairie Area School District, "Middle and Upper Middle Schools," accessed January 16, 2015
- Sun Prairie Area School District, "High Schools," accessed January 16, 2015
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed January 16, 2015
- Wisconsin State Journal, "A teacher 'marketplace' emerges in post-Act 10 Wisconsin," September 7, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In wake of Act 10, school districts changing teacher pay formulas," August 18, 2014
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