By Tim Kowols
Governor Scott Walker visited Gibraltar Area Schools Thursday afternoon to promote his latest plan to help schools in rural areas. It was the last stop on his statewide tour promoting a plan that would provide additional Sparsity Aid and raise the Low Revenue Ceiling implemented on rural schools 25 years ago, adding approximately $300-400 per student in qualifying districts. Governor Walker says K-12 education is a fundamental building block to getting more people into the workforce.
While it is not a cure-all for districts like many in Door County that are reliant on referendums taking place every two years to fund operational expenses, Governor Walker says the increases in Sparsity Aid raising the Low Revenue Ceiling will help substantially with it. The measure is separate from a panel currently meeting to discusses changes in the school funding formula.