WDPI Decreasing Area School Aid

All 5 Door County school districts will see their general school aid payments drop during the 2012/2013 school year, according to figures released Monday by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The county schools are part of the 64% of school districts across the state that will be receiving less funding than they did the previous school year.

Four school districts in Door County, Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Southern Door, and Washington Island, saw state aid fall by more than 15% each. The reduction for the Sturgeon Bay school system was closer to 9.26%. Still, the cut is $348,542 compared to the funding provided for the 2011/2012 school year. Southern Door’s reduction was the most in total dollars for county school districts, more than $370,000. Of the remaining Door County districts, Gibraltar will receive $1,413 less, Sevastopol $9,186 fewer dollars and Washington Island $839 less than the last school year.

The DPI estimates general school aid in July. Then by October 15th, the agency certifies the amount of aid each school district will receive. School boards us this aid certification to finalize their property tax levies.

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