By Tim Kowols
An amendment to the Assembly’s bipartisan sparsity aid bill for schools will give districts like Southern Door a second chance at a referendum. Assembly Bill 835 would increase the per-student aid in qualifying low spending districts $300 to $9,400 beginning next year. The original bill, however, penalized school districts like Southern Door for having failed referendum votes within the last three years, not allowing them to tap the potential extra money. Rep. Joel Kitchens says the amendment allows those districts a redo since it is possible voters did not know the consequences of a “no” vote at the time.
The amendment still has to go through the Wisconsin State Senate and be signed into law by Governor Scott Walker. Southern Door Superintendent Patti Vickman told DoorCountyDailyNews.com last week she had no problem with the original bill since it is a transparent process, but believed it should not have been placed on school districts retroactively.