West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, Wisconsin
|West Allis-West Milwaukee School District|
|West Allis, Wisconsin|
|Superintendent:||Dr. Paul Strobel|
|Graduation rate:||91.1 percent|
|Number of schools:||18|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Patricia J. Kerhin|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the district
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is located in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The county seat is Milwaukee. Milwaukee County was home to 956,023 residents in 2013, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Higher education achievement
Milwaukee County outperformed the rest of Wisconsin in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.7 percent of Milwaukee 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
From 2008 through 2012, the median household income for Milwaukee County was $43,599. During that same time period, the median household income for Wisconsin was $52,627.
The poverty rate in Milwaukee County was 20.9 percent from 2008 through 2012. During that same time period, the poverty rate for the entire state was 12.5 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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The interim superintendent of West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is Dr. Paul Strobel. He is filling in for the 2014-2015 school year after former superintendent Kurt Wachholz retired in the summer of 2014. Strobel served as superintendent of the Mukwonago School District for 31 years before retiring in 2013. He earned his bachelor's degree from Marquette University and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The West Allis-West Milwaukee Board of Education consists of nine members elected at-large to three-year terms. The board president earns $260 per pay period and other members earn $225 per pay period as compensation for board service. Each member receives an annual salary increase of two percent each May.
|West Allis-West Milwaukee Board of Education|
|Patricia J. Kerhin||2015|
School board elections
Members of the board of education are elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on April 1, 2014. Three seats will be up for election on April 7, 2015, and three seats will be on the ballot in April 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Board of Education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings, which was last updated in 2010:
Opportunity will be provided for the public to speak at regular meetings of the Board of Education meetings as follows:
1. Individual citizens will be allowed to address the Board for up to three (3) minutes. Citizens who wish to address the Board for more than (3) three minutes shall contact the Board President or the Committee Chair in advance of the meeting for consideration of their request for additional time.
2. If public comments go beyond 30 minutes, time may be extended an additional 30 minutes upon majority vote of the Board members present at the meeting.
3. The presiding officer of the meeting may permit questioning by Board members or the Superintendent after each presentation by citizens which relates to a subject matter included on the noticed meeting agenda.
4. Representatives presenting the written authorization of organizations will be provided time to present their official positions. Public participation at special Board meetings may be permitted depending on the subject matter of the meetings at the discretion of the Board President.
—West Allis-West Milwaukee School District's campaign website, (2014), 
West Allis-West Milwaukee 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 dropped by 13.8 percent from fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2014. During that time, local revenue and federal aid decreased while revenue from other school districts and state aid 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|
The district's total expenditures increased by 2.8 percent from fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2014. During that time, expenditures on debt service decreased while staff expenses, student serves 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 salary for a teacher at West Allis-West Milwaukee School District during the 2013-2014 school year was $50,231. The minimum salary was $37,844, and the maximum salary was $74,559 according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Schools in West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
The district served 9,725 K-12 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced an 11.1 percent increase in enrollment between 2009 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2009 and 2013:
|Year||Enrollment||Year-to-year change (%)|
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District operates 18 K-12 schools, which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|West Allis-West Milwaukee Area School District|
|Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate School|
|Franklin Elementary School|
|Hoover Elementary School|
|Horace Mann Elementary School|
|Irving Elementary School|
|Jefferson Elementary School|
|Lincoln Intermediate School|
|Longfellow Elementary School|
|Madison Elementary School|
|Mitchell Elementary School|
|Nathan Hale High School|
|Pershing Elementary School|
|Shared Journeys Charter School|
|Walker Elementary School|
|WAWM Learning Center|
|West Allis Central High School|
|West Milwaukee Intermediate School|
|Wilson 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 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.
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District achieved an overall score of 69.4 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:
Searching for a new superintendent
Kurt Wachholz served as the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District's superintendent for a decade before retiring on July 31, 2014. The district named Paul Strobel, former superintendent of the Mukwonago School District, as the interim superintendent in August 2014. Strobel will serve until a permanent replacement for Wachholz is found.
Wachholz was not the only one to retire from the district in the summer of 2014. More than 100 teachers quit or retired from the district after the 2013-2014 school year, which was 23 more than the previous year and the largest turnover the district ever faced. A number of teachers who left cited problems with the way they were treated by the district. Strobel said he hopes to rebuild relationships with the district's teachers.
The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board hired Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates to search for Wachholz's permanent replacement. The board also asked for community input in the search, inviting district residents to fill out a survey and attend discussion forums in order to share what they want to see in their next superintendent. The survey was posted on the school district's website from December 1 to December 15, 2014, and the forum was held on December 15, 2014.
Once the school board chose its top three candidates, board members invited the residents in the district to interview the candidates themselves. On February 14, 2015, the board held an hour-long interview for each candidate and had community members ask them questions and pass their opinions on to the board.
The board originally hoped to name the replacement by April 1, 2015, and to have the new superintendent start by July 1, 2015. After the interviews by residents, the board hopes to name Wachholz's permanent successor in February 2015.
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- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Wisconsin Information System for Education," accessed February 4, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "High school completion rates," accessed April 21, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Milwaukee County, Wisconsin," accessed August 13, 2014
- Milwaukee County Election Commission, "Election Results," accessed August 13, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, "Board of Education Appoints Interim Superintendent," August 12, 2014
- West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, "Board Member Compensation and Expenses," December 20, 2004
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- West Allis-West Milwaukee School, "Guidelines for Public Participation in Board Meetings," April 12, 2010
- West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, "Public Hearing 2013-2014," accessed April 21, 2014
- West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, "Budget Workbook Public Hearing 2014-2015," accessed December 16, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "School Staff: Salary, Position & Demographic Reports," accessed April 21, 2014
- West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, "Building Principal Directory, accessed April 21, 2014
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, "Report Cards," accessed April 21, 2014
- West Allis Now, "Wachholz retires as superintendent of West Allis-West Milwaukee schools," July 31, 2014
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis-West Milwaukee names interim superintendent," August 12, 2014
- WISN ABC, "More than 100 teachers quit, retire from Milwaukee-area school district," August 26, 2014
- West Allis Now, "West Allis residents to name qualities needed in new superintendent," November 24, 2014
- West Allis Now, "Residents to quiz West Allis-West Milwaukee superintendent candidates," February 10, 2015
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