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Waukesha School District, Wisconsin

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Waukesha School District
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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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% during the 2009-2010 school year to 84.8% during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Waukesha School District is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin
Waukesha School District is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, which is the county seat of Waukesha County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Waukesha is home to 70,920 residents.[3] Waukesha School District is the seventh-largest school district in Wisconsin, serving 13,796 students during the 2010-11 school year.[4]


Waukesha outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 33.8% of Waukesha residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.4% for Wisconsin as a whole. The median household income in Waukesha was $58,070 compared to $52,627 for the state of Wisconsin. The poverty rate in Waukesha was 10.4% compared to 12.5% for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Waukesha (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 88.1 86.2
Black or African American 2.3 6.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.0
Asian 3.5 2.3
Two or More Races 2.1 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 12.1 5.9

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


The superintendent of Waukesha School District during the 2013-2014 school year was Todd Gray. He has served in the position since his appointment in 2008. Gray previously worked as a certified public accountant.[6]

School board

The Waukesha School Board consists of nine members elected at-large to three-year terms.[7] Members received $6,200 per year in compensation during the 2013-2014 school year.[8]

Waukesha School Board
Member Term Ends
William Baumgart 2016
Barbara Brzenk 2014
Joseph Como, Jr. 2014
Steve Edlund 2016
Ellen Langill 2016
Patricia Madden 2015
Patrick McCaffery 2015
Kurt Bryan 2015
Karin Rajnicek 2014

School board elections

See also: Waukesha School District elections (2014)

Members of the School Board are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats are up for election every April.

Public participation in board meetings

The School Board maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2009:[9]

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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.


Waukesha School District publishes its annual budget on its website.[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 $90,956,961 57.4% $0 0% $60,075,032 37.9% $0 0% $7,328,589 4.6% $158,360,582
Averages: $90,956,961 57% $0 0% $60,075,032 38% $0 0% $7,328,589 5% $158,360,582

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.[11]


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.[12]

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% 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 listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

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

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.[14]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[14]

  • 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 69.9 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:[14]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2012-2013
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 65.7 66.1
Student Growth 62.7 60.6
Closing Gaps 66.3 66.8
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 85.0 84.9

Contact information

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

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Main article: Evaluation of Wisconsin school district websites

Last rated on April 10, 2012.

The good

  • The approved budgets for the past two years are posted.[15]
  • The meeting schedule, agenda and minutes are posted.[16]
  • The school performance report is published.[17]
  • Guidelines for obtaining public records is published.[18]
  • The staff directory provides names and contact information for administrative officials.[19]
  • School board members and their contact information are posted.[20]

The bad

  • There is no specific information posted regarding taxes, contracts, audits, or background checks.

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
  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, "Waukesha, 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. Christopher Kuhagen Waukesha Now, "Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray addresses busy first five years," September 4, 2013
  7. Waukesha School District, "Board of Education Membership," April 1994
  8. Christopher Kulhagen, Waukesha Now, "No challengers once again for Waukesha School Board," January 14, 2014
  10. Waukesha School District, "2013-14 Preliminary Budget," accessed November 27, 2013
  11. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed February 10, 2014
  12. Education Association of Waukesha, "Local Officers," accessed February 10, 2014
  13. Waukesha School District, "Schools," accessed February 10, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed February 5, 2014
  15. Waukesha School District, "Business," accessed February 7, 2014
  16. Waukesha School District, "School Board," accessed February 7, 2014
  17. Waukesha School District, "Performance Report," accessed February 7, 2014
  18. Waukesha School District, "Guidelines for Access to Public Records," accessed February 7, 2014
  19. Waukesha School District, "Contact Us," accessed February 7, 2014
  20. Waukesha School District, "Board Members," accessed February 7, 2014