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Local schools to receive more aid

Local school districts are sighing in relief after the release of the July 1 general aid estimates from the state.

According to the documents, New Richmond schools are looking at the best scenario with estimated general aid increasing $1,715,216 (8.64 percent) to $21,566,893, compared to 2012-13 general aid of $19,851,677.

In the St. Croix Central School District, general aid is expected to increase $442,512 (4.15 percent) from $10,658,128 in 2012-13 to $11,100,640 in 2013-14.

Somerset schools will see the smallest increase — $65,496 (.6 percent); $11,001,733 in 2013-14 from $10,936,237 in 2012-13.

None of the local districts are complaining.

Despite a 1.1 percent increase in statewide general aid, more than half of Wisconsin public school districts will receive less general aid than they did in 2012-13.

Of the state’s 424 school districts, 54 percent (229) will receive less general aid in 2013-14, while 45 percent of districts (193) are expected to receive more aid.

According to the state’s documents, Paris Consolidated School District in Kenosha was the hardest hit, receiving 16 percent less aid than in 2012-13. Oconomowoc Area School District got the best news, an estimated 35.54-percent increase in general aid.

By state statute, the department is required, by July 1, to compute an estimate of the general school aid each public school district will receive for the coming school year. School personnel use the estimate to complete their annual budgets.

On Oct. 15, the department will certify state general aid amounts for 2013-14 based on audited 2012-13 data.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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