By Tim Kowols
A recent proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature has Southern Door School District on high alert on its implications. Assembly Bill 835 increases sparsity aid by $6.4 million for next school year and raises the Low Revenue Ceiling limit $300 to $9,400 according to a press release from Governor Scott Walker. The problems for Southern Door School District are its student population of over 1,000 is too big to qualify for the sparsity aid and its failed referendum last year makes it ineligible for the Low Revenue Ceiling increase. Superintendent Patti Vickman says overall she has no problem with the bill since it is a transparent process, but believes it should not be placed on school districts retroactively.
Southern Door is one of nine school districts negatively affected by AB 835 and will not be allowed to raise revenues for another two years. According to Vickman, Southern Door is the only school in Door County below the $9,400 per pupil spending rate. Southern Door School District is calling on community members contact legislators on the issue.