By Tim Kowols
Rural school districts across the state received a boost of hope for the upcoming legislative session when Governor Scott Walker introduced part of his education budget proposals earlier this week. Governor Walker’s plan includes increasing sparsity aid by $20 million and transportation funds by $25.4 million while renewing the state’s commitment to help with broadband Internet infrastructure and fabrication laboratory upgrades. Despite Southern Door School District being too big to qualify for the additional sparsity aid and too efficient in its transportation costs to receive extra help, superintendent Patti Vickman says many of the governor’s proposals are good news for the community as a whole, especially for technology.
Governor Walker’s budget proposal, which will be released in its entirety next week, also includes increased opportunities to recruit and retain teachers and the flexibility for school districts to share staff members in some specialized roles.