Wausau School District, Wisconsin

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Wausau School District
Wausau, Wisconsin
Wausau School District seal.jpeg
District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Kathleen Williams
Graduation rate:91.0 percent[2]
Number of schools:21[3]
Budget: $113,654,744[4]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Lance Trollop
Board members:9
Term length:3
Wausau School District is a school district in Wisconsin that served 8,663 students during the 2013-2014 school year.[1]

About the district

Wausau School District is located in Marathon County, Wisconsin.

Wausau School District is located in Marathon County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Wausau. Marathon County was home to 135,416 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.[5]


Higher education achievement

Marathon County residents underperformed compared to the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 21.9 percent of Marathon County residents aged 25 years or older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.4 percent for Wisconsin as a whole.[5]

Median household income

The median household income for Marathon County between 2008 and 2012 was $53,762. During that same time period, the median household income for the entire state was $52,627.[5]

Poverty rate

From 2008 to 2012, the poverty rate in Marathon County was 10.4 percent. It was 12.5 percent statewide for that same time period.[5]

Racial and political demographics

Racial Demographics, 2013[5]
Race Marathon County (%) Wisconsin (%)
White 91.8 88.1
Black or African American 0.8 6.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.1
Asian 5.6 2.5
Two or more race 1.3 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 2.5 6.3

Presidential Voting Pattern, Marathon County[6][7][8][9]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 32,330 36,568
2008 36,367 30,345
2004 30,899 36,394
2000 26,546 28,883

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.[10]


Dr. Kathleen Williams is the superintendent of Wausau School District. She has served in the role since accepting the position in 2010. Williams previously served as superintendent of East Maine School District 63 in Des Plaines, Illinois.[11]

School board

The Wausau School District Board of Education consists of nine members elected to three-year terms. They are elected at-large by citizens of the district.[12]

Wausau Board of Education[13]
Member Title Term Ends
Lance R. Trollop President 2017
Michelle Schaefer Vice president 2015
Jane A. Rusch Treasurer 2016
Yvonne Henning Clerk 2017
Jeff Leigh Member 2017
Patrick McKee Member 2015
Theresa R. Miles Member 2016
Kathi Whalen Geiger Member 2015
Matthew Young Member 2016

School board elections

See also: Wausau School District elections (2015)

Members of the Wausau Board of Education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Every year three members are up for election. Three seats were up for election April 1, 2014. Three seats will be up for election on April 7, 2015, and three seats will be up for election in 2016.[12][13]

Participation in board meetings

The Wausau School District maintains the following policy regarding public participation in school board meetings:[14]

Individuals wishing to address the Board of Education may do so by signing the Open Forum sheets at the information table at most School Board Meetings. The sheets ask for name, address, and a brief statement about the item being presented. These sheets will be collected prior to the Open Forum. At the discretion of the presiding officer, those who have signed up to speak on a specific agenda item may be called upon when that item is being considered. Speakers must state their name and address upon addressing the Board. A time limit for presentations will be determined by the Board President.

Citizens attending Board Meetings will not be permitted to interfere with the orderly conduct of the session. Speakers are expected to treat others with respect, confining their remarks to School District issues. The President may terminate a speaker’s privilege to speak if the speaker persists in improper conduct or remarks. No person addressing the School Board should initiate charges or complaints about individual Board members or employees of the District. Such charges or complaints should be presented directly to the Superintendent of Schools or designee.[15]


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.[4]




The district's total revenues increased by 2.0 percent from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014. During that time period, revenue from other school districts, state aid and federal aid increased while local revenue 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 $35,050,482 31.5% $1,200,000 1.1% $53,088,510 47.7% $3,295,019 3% $18,659,828 16.8% $111,293,839
2013-2014 $35,047,041 30.9% $1,300,000 1.1% $54,668,522 48.1% $3,593,769 3.2% $18,965,082 16.7% $113,574,414
Averages: $35,048,761.5 31% $1,250,000 1% $53,878,516 48% $3,444,394 3% $18,812,455 17% $112,434,126.5


The district's total expenditures increased by 2.1 percent from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014. During that time period, staff expenses, expenditures on student services, operational expenses and debt service all 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
2012-2013 $67,197,525 60.4% $5,170,680 4.6% $10,057,443 9% $5,544,969 5% $23,306,293 20.9% $111,276,910
2013-2014 $68,635,974 60.4% $5,177,476 4.6% $10,112,277 8.9% $5,782,513 5.1% $23,946,504 21.1% $113,654,744
Averages: $67,916,749.5 60% $5,174,078 5% $10,084,860 9% $5,663,741 5% $23,626,398.5 21% $112,465,827

Teacher salaries

The average teaching salary at Wausau School District during the 2013-2014 school year was $57,268. The minimum salary was $35,210, and the maximum salary was $82,746, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.[16]


Teachers at the Wausau School District are represented by the Wausau Education Association.[17]

Schools in Wausau School District


The district served 8,663 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 1.3 percent increase in enrollment from 2009 to 2013. The following chart details enrollment from 2009 to 2013.[1]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2009 8,552 -
2010 8,546 -0.1
2011 8,574 0.3
2012 8,623 0.6
2013 8,663 0.5

District schools

Wausau School District operates 21 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:

Wausau School District
A.C. Kiefer Educational Center
Enrich, Excel, Achieve (EEA Learning Academy)
Franklin Elementary
G.D. Jones Elementary
Grant Elementary
Hawthorn Hills Elementary
Hewitt-Texas Elementary
Horace Mann Middle
John Marshall Elementary
John Muir Middle
Lincoln Elementary
Maine Elementary
Rib Mountain Elementary
Riverview Elementary
South Mountain Elementary
Stettin Elementary
Thomas Jefferson Elementary
Wausau Area Montessori Charter
Wausau East High
Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership Academy (EGL)
Wausau West High

Academic performance

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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 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.[18]

The Annual District Report Card compares district performance with state performance based on four criteria:[18]

  • 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.

Wausau School District achieved an overall score of 71.6 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 district's accountability ratings according to the 2013-2014 Annual District Report Card:[18]

Annual District Report Card Grades, 2013-2014
Category District score State score
Student Achievement 66.0 66.4
Student Growth 64.4 62.4
Closing Gaps 69.1 66.3
On-track and Postsecondary Readiness 87.0 85.3

Accountability ratings for schools in the district, 2013-2014
Category Number of schools Percentage of schools
Significantly exceeds expectations 0 0.0%
Exceeds expectations 12 60.0%
Meets expectations 7 35.0%
Meets few expectations 0 0.0%
Fails to meet expectations 0 0.0%
Alternate Accountability - Satisfactory Progress 1 5.0%
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:[18]

Mathematics proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 45.0 45.2
2009-2010 47.0 47.0
2010-2011 44.9 46.8
2011-2012 46.6 48.3
2012-2013 45.7 48.2
2013-2014 46.7 48.8

Reading proficiency comparisons, 2008-2013
School year District proficiency rate (%) State proficiency rate (%)
2008-2009 36.4 35.3
2009-2010 35.9 35.7
2010-2011 36.4 35.7
2011-2012 37.9 36.0
2012-2013 38.0 36.4
2013-2014 40.1 36.7

Contact information

Wausau School District seal.jpeg
Wausau School District
415 Seymour Street
P.O. Box 359
Wausau WI 54402-0359
Phone: (715) 261-0500
Fax: (715) 261-2503

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wisconsin Information System for Education, "Enrollment (Single Year): Wausau School District," accessed September 22, 2014
  2. Wisconsin Information System for Education, "HS Completion (Single Year): Wausau School District 2012-2013," accessed September 22, 2014
  3. Wausau School District, "Schools & Facilities," accessed September 22, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Wausau School District, "Annual Budget & Related Information 2013-2014," accessed September 22, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 United States Census Bureau, "Marathon County, Wisconsin," accessed September 22, 2014
  6. Politico, "2012 Wisconsin Presidential Results," accessed September 22, 2014
  7. City-Data, "2008 Presidential Elections Results in Marathon County, Wisconsin," accessed September 22, 2014
  8. U.S. Election Atlas, "2004 Presidential General Election Results - Marathon County, WI," accessed September 22, 2014
  9. U.S. Election Atlas, "2000 Presidential General Election Results - Marathon County, WI," accessed September 22, 2014
  10. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  11. Wausau Daily Herald, "Wausau schools pick Kathleen Williams as superintendent," August 7, 2010
  12. 12.0 12.1 Wausau School District, "Board of Education," accessed September 22, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Wausau School District, "Board Members," accessed September 22, 2014
  14. Wausau School District, "Welcome to a school board meeting," accessed September 22, 2014
  15. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  16. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed September 22, 2014
  17. Wausau Daily Herald, "Wausau schools hike teacher pay under new salary model," July 26, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed September 22, 2014