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Northwoods Schools See General Aid Decreases

03 Jul News

More than half of Wisconsin school districts will receive less general aid according to figures released from the Department of Public Instruction.

While overall the general aid is increased 1.1%, it is not an across the board increase. Instead, that money is going to  going to 193 of the states 424 districts.  That leaves 229 schools with a decrease, many of those here in the northwoods.

By statute the DPI is required to compute an estimate of state general aid to each school district. These figures are used to work on the estimated budgets.

Here in Tomahawk, the preliminary total is down 15% or ~$300,000 to  $1,974,000. The Rhinelander School district saw a similar 15% decrease, as did, Lakeland Union and Northland Pines. The 15% figure equals some of the largest cuts in the state. Overall the Madison School District had the largest monetary decrease from last year, dropping nearly $9million.

A large portion of schools receiving an increase were from southern areas of the state The Oconomowoc Area School District had the largest increase in the state, up $1.8 million or 35%.. Lac du Flambeau did receive a 15% increase equal to around 34,000.

The final certified totals are expected in October.