Waukesha School District, Wisconsin

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Waukesha School District
Waukesha, Wisconsin
Waukesha School District logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Todd Gray
Graduation rate:84.8%[2]
Number of schools:25
Budget: $158.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:William Baumgart
Board members:9
Term length:3
Waukesha School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 13,685 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1] The district's graduation rates declined from 86.2 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to 84.8 percent during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Waukesha School District is located in Waukesha County, Wis.

Waukesha School District is located in Waukesha County in southeastern Wisconsin. The county seat is Waukesha. Waukesha County is home to 393,843 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] During the 2011-2012 school year, Waukesha School District was the seventh-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 13,796 students.[4]


Higher education achievement

Waukesha County outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 39.4 percent of Waukesha 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 Waukesha County was $75,689 compared to $52,627 for the entire state.[3]

Poverty rate

The poverty rate in Waukesha County was 5.0 percent between 2008 and 2012. During that same time period, the poverty rate statewide was 12.5 percent.[3]

Racial and political demographics

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Waukesha County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 93.9 88.1
Black or African American 1.4 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.1
Asian 3.1 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 1.2 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 4.5 6.3

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[5]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 32.3 66.7
2008 36.6 62.3
2004 31.9 67.2
2000 31.5 65.3

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 Waukesha School District is Todd Gray.[8] He has served in the position since his appointment in 2008. Gray previously worked as a certified public accountant.[9]

School board

The Waukesha School Board consists of nine members elected at-large to three-year terms.[10] Members received $6,200 per year in compensation during the 2013-2014 school year.[11]

Waukesha School Board
Member Title Term Ends
William Baumgart Treasurer 2016
Barbara Brzenk Vice president 2017
Joseph Como Jr. President 2017
Steve Edlund Member 2016
Ellen Langill Member 2016
Patricia Madden Clerk 2015
Patrick McCaffery Member 2015
Kurt O'Bryan Member 2015
Karin Rajnicek Member 2017

School board elections

See also: Waukesha School District elections (2015)

Members of the school board are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election every April. An election took place on April 1, 2014, and the last election took place April 7, 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

The school board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings, which was last updated in 2009:

Regular meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the board room of the Lindholm Building or at a time determined by the board president. Meetings may also be held in schools or other locations to increase visibility and citizen participation. The board meeting shall be open to the public. Board meetings shall be posted as required by the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law. Social gatherings which may include a quorum or negative quorum of the Board may be posted at the discretion of the board president. Board action or discussion shall only occur if consistent with posted agendas. The opportunity for public input will be made available at regular meetings. The board president may limit the public input period to 60 minutes (usually 2-3 minutes per speaker) depending on the content of the entire agenda. The board or its committees may hold closed sessions under the Wisconsin State Statute 19.85. Committees shall meet at least monthly unless a lack of agenda items dictates fewer meetings.

Special meetings of the full board may be called by the president at any time. Special meetings of committees may be called by the committee chair. The notice shall be either written or oral and shall be received 24 hours before the meeting.

At the full board regular meetings forms shall be provided for those persons wishing to register their attendance.[12][13]

—Waukesha School District, (2009)


Waukesha School District publishes its annual budget on its website. 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.[14][15]




The district's total revenues increased by 0.16 percent from 2012 to 2013. During this time revenues from other school districts and state aid increased while federal aid and revenue from local sources decreased.

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
2012-2013 $86,106,720 54.6% $5,949,020 3.8% $54,670,519 34.7% $8,544,823 5.4% $3,599,479 2.3% $157,644,633
2013-2014 $82,855,826 52.5% $6,362,000 4% $58,100,730 36.8% $8,063,841 5.1% $2,256,320 1.4% $157,901,717
Averages: $84,481,273 54% $6,155,510 4% $56,385,624.5 36% $8,304,332 5% $2,927,899.5 2% $157,773,175


From 2012 to 2013, the district's total expenditures decreased by 0.18 percent. While staff expenses and operational expenses increased, expenditures on students services 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
2012-2013 $87,932,731 55.4% $63,892,379 40.3% $6,551,302 4.1% $0 0% $273,274 0.2% $158,649,686
2013-2014 $90,956,961 57.4% $60,075,032 37.9% $7,113,293 4.5% $0 0% $215,296 0.1% $158,360,582
Averages: $89,444,846 56% $61,983,705.5 39% $6,832,297.5 4% $0 0% $244,285 0% $158,505,134

Teacher salaries

The average salary for a teacher at Waukesha School District during the 2013-2014 school year was $59,572. The minimum salary was $24,001, and the maximum salary was $93,313 according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.[16]


Teachers at Waukesha School District are represented by the Education Association of Waukesha (EAW). The president of EAW during the 2013-2014 school year was Cathryn Atkinson.[17]

Schools in Waukesha School District


The district served 13,685 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 1.6 percent decrease 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 13,915 -
2010 13,862 -0.3
2011 13,782 -0.5
2012 13,864 0.5
2013 13,685 -1.2

District schools

Waukesha School District operates 25 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:[18]

Waukesha School District
Banting Elementary School
Bethesda Elementary School
Blair Elementary School
Butler Middle School
Central Middle School
eAchieve Academy
Hadfield Elementary School
Harvey Philip Alternative High School
Hawthorne Elementary School
Heyer Elementary School
Hillcrest Elementary School
Horning Middle School
Lowell Elementary School
Meadowbrook Elementary School
North High School
Prairie Elementary School
Rose Glen Elementary School
South High School
Summit View Elementary School
Waukesha Academy of Health Professions
Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy
Waukesha STEM Academy (Randall)
Waukesha STEM Academy (Saratoga)
West High School
Whittier 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.[19]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[19]

  • 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.

Waukesha School District achieved an overall score of 70.3 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:[19]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2013-2014
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 66.2 66.4
Student Growth 63.6 62.4
Closing Gaps 66.4 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 2 7.7%
Exceeds expectations 7 26.9%
Meets expectations 10 38.5%
Meets few expectations 3 11.5%
Fails to meet expectations 1 3.8%
Alternate Accountability - Satisfactory Progress 3 11.5%
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:[19]

Mathematics proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 44.7 45.2
2009-2010 46.8 47.0
2010-2011 45.7 46.8
2011-2012 48.1 48.3
2012-2013 49.2 48.2
2013-2014 49.8 48.8

Reading proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 39.3 35.3
2009-2010 36.8 35.7
2010-2011 36.9 35.7
2011-2012 36.7 36.0
2012-2013 37.9 36.4
2013-2014 37.5 36.7


Parents seek book ban; board refuses

Parents in the Waukesha School District sought a ban on the book Looking for Alaska by John Green, but on July 25, 2014, the school district's consideration committee, which is made up of teachers and school officials, unanimously decided to keep the book on the district's shelves and recommended reading lists. The parents said the book had inappropriate language and advanced sexual content and did not believe it was proper reading for middle school and high school students. David LaBorde, principal of Waukesha West High School and head of the consideration committee, said that despite the differing opinions, the decision to keep the book was completely unbiased.[20][21][22]

Bans on two additional books, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher, were also sought by parents who claimed the books' scenes of gang rape, extreme brutality and violence were not appropriate for readers under the age of 18.[22] The Kite Runner is used in the district's 10th grade English curriculum, but district officials said students always have the opportunity to opt out and choose a different book to read in exchange. Chinese Handcuffs is not used in the district's curriculum, but it is housed in the district's libraries. The consideration committee unanimously denied banning the books in their meeting on August 20, 2014.[23]

Contact information

Waukesha School District logo.jpg
Waukesha School District
222 Maple Ave.
Waukesha, WI 53186
Phone: (262) 970-1012

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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, "Waukesha County, Wisconsin," accessed September 5, 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. Waukesha School District, "Administration," accessed September 5, 2014
  9. Waukesha Now, "Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray addresses busy first five years," September 4, 2013
  10. Waukesha School District, "Board of Education Membership," April 1994
  11. Waukesha Now, "No challengers once again for Waukesha School Board," January 14, 2014
  13. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  14. Waukesha School District, "2013-14 Preliminary Budget," accessed November 27, 2013
  15. Waukesha School District, "2012-2013 Final Budget," accessed September 5, 2014
  16. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 10, 2014
  17. Education Association of Waukesha, "Local Officers," accessed February 10, 2014
  18. Waukesha School District, "Schools," accessed February 10, 2014
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  20. WISN2, "Waukesha school committee rejects request to ban book," July 25, 2014
  21. WHBL, "Waukesha School District parents challenging 3 books deemed inappropriate," July 27, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1 Waukesha Now, "Waukesha mom seeks to have two novels banned from schools," August 19, 2014
  23. Waukesha Now, "Waukesha school committee denies parent's request to ban 'The Kite Runner,' 'Chinese Handcuffs,'" August 20, 2014