Following a timeline required by state law, the Department of Public Instruction released an estimate July 1 of the general school aids each public school district will receive for the 2019-20 school year. According to their release, the School District of Amery will see 1.92 percent increase.
Amery is one of 248 schools that are estimated to receive more general aid in 2019-20. This ranks them as part of the 59 percent that will see an increase. Other area schools showing increases are Baldwin-Woodville, Barron, Cameron, Cumberland, Grantsburg, New Richmond, Osceola, Prairie Farm, St. Croix Central and Unity.
Of the state’s 421 school districts, 40 percent (168) are estimated to receive less; including Boyceville, Clayton, Clear Lake, Hudson, St. Croix Falls, Somerset and Turtle Lake.
Five districts will have no change in the aid between the 2018-19 and 2019-20 fiscal years.
General school aids are the largest form of state support for public schools in the state. Wisconsin statutes require the department to publish estimated aid amounts by July 1 each year. The estimate can help school personnel to complete their annual budgets and project changes in property tax levies. Estimated amounts are subject to change because they are based on proposed, not final, state budget appropriations for 2019-21 as well as budgeted, not audited, school district data from the 2018-19 school year. On Oct. 15, the department will certify amounts for 2019-20 general school aids based on audited data and finalized state budget numbers.
Estimated general school aids for 2019-20 total $4.740 billion for Wisconsin, representing a $83.2 million (1.8 percent) increase over last year.
A district's general aids can increase or decrease due to changes in any of the three local factors comprising Wisconsin's general equalization aid formula. This includes property valuation, enrollment, and shared costs — or from changes to the state appropriation.
The department’s July 1 aid estimate does not include per pupil categorical aid, which will be based on student membership from the 2019-20, 2018-19, and 2017 18 school years (third Friday in September count). Per pupil aid will be paid in March 2020. Proposed budget language would set this aid at $679 per pupil.