Waukesha School District, Wisconsin
|Waukesha School District|
|Number of schools:||25|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||William Baumgart|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Waukesha School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
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. During the 2011-2012 school year, Waukesha School District was the seventh-largest school district in Wisconsin and served 13,796 students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Waukesha School Board|
|Barbara Brzenk||Vice president||2017|
|Joseph Como Jr.||President||2017|
School board elections
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.
—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.
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|
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|
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.
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.
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:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
Waukesha School District operates 25 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|Waukesha School District|
|Banting Elementary School|
|Bethesda Elementary School|
|Blair Elementary School|
|Butler Middle School|
|Central Middle School|
|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|
- 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.
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:
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:
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.
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. 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.
- Wisconsin school districts
- List of school districts in Wisconsin
- Waukesha School District elections (2014)
- Waukesha School District elections (2015)
- Public education in Wisconsin
- School Board Elections portal
- Waukesha School District
- City of Waukesha, Wisconsin
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
- Wisconsin Association of School Boards
- Education Association of Waukesha
- 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, "Waukesha County, Wisconsin," accessed September 5, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed January 27, 2014
- Government Accountability Board, "Wisconsin Election Results," accessed January 28, 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.
- Waukesha School District, "Administration," accessed September 5, 2014
- Waukesha Now, "Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray addresses busy first five years," September 4, 2013
- Waukesha School District, "Board of Education Membership," April 1994
- Waukesha Now, "No challengers once again for Waukesha School Board," January 14, 2014
- Waukesha School District, "BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS, LOCATIONS, AND PROCEDURES," May 2009
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Waukesha School District, "2013-14 Preliminary Budget," accessed November 27, 2013
- Waukesha School District, "2012-2013 Final Budget," accessed September 5, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 10, 2014
- Education Association of Waukesha, "Local Officers," accessed February 10, 2014
- Waukesha School District, "Schools," accessed February 10, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
- WISN2, "Waukesha school committee rejects request to ban book," July 25, 2014
- WHBL, "Waukesha School District parents challenging 3 books deemed inappropriate," July 27, 2014
- Waukesha Now, "Waukesha mom seeks to have two novels banned from schools," August 19, 2014
- Waukesha Now, "Waukesha school committee denies parent's request to ban 'The Kite Runner,' 'Chinese Handcuffs,'" August 20, 2014
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