State aid for school district to jump 13%

Added revenue brightens budget outlook for Northern Ozaukee
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

State aid for the Northern Ozaukee School District will jump nearly 13% in the current school year, one of the largest increases among Wisconsin schools, the state Department of Public Instruction announced this week.

NOSD will receive $382,434 more this school year than last. That’s a 12.87% jump. Total state aid will be more than $3.35 million this year compared to $2.97 million in 2017-2018.

NOSD’s percentage jump was the 27th-largest among the state’s 422 public school districts.

A number of factors affect state aid, including higher property values and an  increase in shared costs per student in the district, Supt. Dave Karrels said.

“Ultimately, this is a positive for taxpayers,” he said. “We anticipated an increase in aid for our district, so this was not a surprise as we were planning an increase from a budget standpoint.”

Statewide, total general state aid to schools rose 1.6% to $4.656 billion for the 2018-19 school year, a $72.75 million increase over last year, according to DPI. About 55% of the state’s public school districts, 230 of 422, will receive more general state aid this school year than they did in 2017‑18, the department reported.

General aid is based on 2017-18 audited numbers that include enrollment, property value and spending.

The Northern Ozaukee School Board will hold its annual budget hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. The hearing will be followed by the regular monthly board meeting and a board workshop.

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