Chilton, WI 53014

Planning For Our Students’ Future

Since the passing of the Referendum in April 2022, a visual concept of both the interior and exterior of the Elementary has been developing. This plan/concept is the result of multiple meetings including staff, administration, community and Hoffman Group. The Sports Complex was developed with a group including teachers, community members, Rettler Group and administrators.

THANK YOU for your continued support as we plan for our Students’ Future.

Mar232012

Wisconsin Act 10 and Its Impact on Chilton Schools

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First published on 23 March 2012 Posted in Business Office

Since the implementation of Act 10, we have had a number of people ask how this has affected the Chilton School District.  As you may recall, it was February, 2011 when Governor Walker presented his Budget Repair Bill that eventually became known as Act 10.  Act 10 requires all employees who participate in the State insurance plan to pay a minimum of 12% of the premiums.  All state and local government employees are required to pay 50% of the state imposed retirement rate.  Currently employees pay 5.9% of their gross wages toward their retirement and the district pays the same.  Act 10 also limits collective bargaining to base wages and they can only be increased to a maximum of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) annually.  Any increase to base wages beyond CPI requires going to referendum and getting the approval of the community.  It is these three parts of the Act 10 legislation that are considered the “tools” that assist schools in balancing their budgets.  Part of the reason for providing the “tools” is due to the decreased financial support by the State and the reductions to the Revenue Limit formula that caps the amount of State and Local tax that schools can receive. 

 

Chilton was able to negotiate a one-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement with our teacher’s union which will expire June 30, 2012.  In this agreement are the “tools” from the budget repair bill. 

 

Though we do not participate in the State insurance plan (we have been able to attain a better insurance plan at a lower premium), all employees now pay 12% of their insurance premiums.  Unlike some districts in the state, our employees were already paying a portion of premiums.  It is because we had both a lower premium rate and were already requiring some insurance premium deduction by employees that we did not see as significant a cost savings with this change, but a cost savings was realized.

 

The largest cost savings was attained with the requirement of all employees paying for 50% of the State imposed retirement rate.  Here too, it is important to point out that there were some employment classifications in Chilton that were already required to pay the employee portion of the retirement rate, but Chilton did see a large cost savings with this part of the legislation.

 

The last “tool”, collective bargaining for base wages, is the only part Chilton has yet to work with.  The staff had agreed to a 1.5% wage increase for the 2011-2012 year (recently released CPI is 1.64%) prior to Act 10.  The staff recently voluntarily agreed to a wage freeze for the 2012-2013 year (CPI is 3.16%).  The district has formed a Compensation Advisory Committee made up of both administrators and teachers with a goal of working collaboratively to present both the teacher’s union and the board of education with a comprehensive compensation plan.  It will be a few years before we really know the impact of how this part of the legislation has affected the Chilton district.

 

It is important to inform the public that Chilton has been and continues to be a very fiscally conservative district.  Even with the savings realized from minimal wage increases for our employees and the savings from increased insurance and retirement payments by employees, Chilton still needed to make cuts to our budget for the 2011-2012 year and project the need to make additional cuts in the future.  We are already considered a low spending district by the State (which means our shared educational costs are lower than the state’s minimum allowable amount).  In a comparison to other school districts, we have one of the lowest insurance premiums.  We had our employees sharing in the cost of insurance premiums prior to the implementation of Act 10.  It is because of all of these earlier financial decisions that Chilton did not realize as large a savings as you may have heard other districts declaring. 

 

Chilton is proud of its ability to provide this community and its students with an excellent educational experience on a fiscally tight budget.  We foresee State financial support continuing to decline; Chilton has gone from 78% State support in 2007 to 69% support in 2011 (5 years).  This means a tax shift to the local taxpayer, but we continue to work with neighboring districts for additional areas to cooperatively provide services and search for additional cost savings that can be attained.  Our mission continues to be “Preparing Students to Achieve Their Potential”.  Though we will continue to be challenged by budget constraints, we will do everything possible to minimize the budgetary impact on students and programs.

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Feb142012

2010-2011 Public School Health Insurance

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First published on 26 January 2012 Posted in Business Office

The Wisconsin School Board Association (WASB) has released a document that is a compilation of the 2010-2011 health insurance information on 276 of the State’s 426 school districts.  This report included the monthly premium cost of both single and family coverage, the percentage that the board paid coverage and the cost to the district in dollars for coverage.  Based on the data released, the School District of Chilton continues to have one of the lowest insurance premiums within the state. Below is some of the data in the report.  I encourage you to go to the following website for the full report.


Monthly Premium Board Percentage Cost to District
School District Single Family Single Family Single Family
Abbotsford 862.29 1,897.00 59 54 506.9 1,015.44
Antigo 418.76 1,088.79 100 100 418.8 1,088.79
Brillion 491.53 1,303.60 95 95 466 1,237.85
Chilton 486.88 1,335.36 94 94 457.7 1,255.24
Deerfield Community 473.72 1,293.26 100 100 473.7 1,293.26
DeForest Area 560.27 1,271.81 100 90 560.3 1,144.63
Madison Metropolitan 437.99 1,169.46 100 100 438 1,169.46
Marshall 491.86 1,276.84 100 100 491.9 1,276.84
McFarland 498.05 1,294.93 90 90 448.3 1,165.44
Middleton-Cross Plains Area 445.01 1,112.52 100 100 445 1,112.52
Monona Grove 514.5 1,282.40 100 100 514.5 1,282.40
Mount Horeb Area 608.55 1,381.40 100 90 608.6 1,243.26
New Glarus 634.87 1,460.20 85 85 539.6 1,241.17
North Crawford 654.75 1,407.65 100 87 654.8 1,225.22
Oregon 537.22 1,208.74 90 90 483.5 1,087.86
Portage Community 588.78 1,354.19 99 93 584.4 1,255.61
Somerset 565.81 1,284.29 96 96 543.2 1,232.92
Stoughton Area 573.06 1,299.70 90 90 515.8 1,169.73
Sun Prairie Area 484.9 1,260.74 99 99 478.7 1,244.07
Superior 473.77 1,354.46 100 100 473.8 1,354.46
Verona Area 511.58 1,176.66 90 90 460.4 1,058.99
Waunakee 610.87 1,374.46 100 90 610.9 1,237.01
Wisconsin Heights 500.82 1,228.51 100 100 500.8 1,228.51







Highest 1,008.03 2,274.24 100 100 980 2,207.48
Lowest 418.76 1,088.79 59 54 418.8 1,015.44
Average 759.44 1,761.97 96 95 730.6 1,671.61
Count 276 276 276 276 276 276

Based on the information presented, Chilton had the:

  • 7th lowest single plan premium
  • 13th lowest family plan premium
  • 4th lowest single plan district cost
  • 18th lowest family plan district cost.

 Please feel free to contact Lisa M. Lau, Business Manager at 920-849-8109 ext. 4312 for additional information or questions.

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Jul062016

2011-2012 Budget Hearing Presentation

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First published on 27 September 2011 Posted in Business Office

At the September 26, 2011 Annual Meeting the attached presentation was provided by Lisa M. Lau, Business Manager.  For more detailed information or questions, please contact Mrs. Lau directly at 920-849-7199. 

The certification of the tax levy and budget changes will be presented at the October 24, 2011 Board of Education meeting for approval.  All members of the community are encouraged to attend to present their questions and comments.

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May052011

2009-2010 Public School Health Insurance Data Review

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First published on 05 May 2011 Posted in Business Office

In December 2010, the Wisconsin School Board Association (WASB) released a document that was a compilation of the 2009-2010 health insurance information on 389 of the State’s 426 school districts.  This report included the monthly premium cost of both single and family coverage, the percentage that the board paid coverage and the cost to the district in dollars for coverage.  Based on the data released, the School District of Chilton had one of the lowest insurance premiums within the state.  Below is some of the data in the report.  I encourage you to go to the following website for the full report.  http://www.wasb.org/images/stories/PDFs/collective_bargaining_data/0911_Surveys/2009-10%20insurance%20survey.pdf

 

 

Monthly Premium

Board Percentage

Cost to District

School District

Single

Family

Single

Family

Single

Family

Abbotsford

744.98

1,638.92

65

59

482.76

967.10

Chilton

434.71

1,192.29

95

95

412.97

1,132.67

Deerfield Community

436.63

1,191.99

100

100

436.63

1,191.99

Elmwood

489.00

986.00

94

94

459.66

926.84

Fennimore Community

447.50

1,115.00

100

100

447.50

1,115.00

Hortonville

419.42

1,210.41

90

90

377.48

1,089.37

Madison Metropolitan

419.13

1,119.10

100

100

419.13

1,119.10

Maple

369.26

1,107.79

100

100

369.26

1,107.79

McFarland

456.97

1,228.36

90

90

411.27

1,105.52

Middleton-Cross Plains Area

427.48

1,068.70

100

100

427.48

1,067.70

Norris

542.89

1,167.19

90

90

488.60

1,050.47

North Crawford

584.59

1,256.85

100

90

584.59

1,131.16

Plymouth

433.05

1,187.85

 

 

 

 

Riverdale

534.82

1,212.96

92

92

492.04

1,115.93

Stanley-Boyd Area

512.75

1,118.43

90

90

461.50

1,006.60

Verona Area

531.55

1,222.58

90

90

478.40

1,100.32

Wausaukee

527.00

1,372.00

80

80

421.60

1,097.60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highest

964.71

2,372.92

100

100

946.70

2,147.90

Lowest

369.26

986.00

65

59

369.26

926.84

Average

728.32

1,684.83

96

95

701.44

1,597.72

Count

389

389

387

.87

388

388

 

Based on the information presented, Chilton had the:

 

5th lowest single plan premium

9th lowest family plan premium

3rd lowest single plan district cost

13th lowest family plan district cost.

 

Please feel free to contact Lisa M. Lau, Business Manager at 920-849-8109 ext. 4312 for additional information or questions.

 

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Dec012010

Understanding Fair Funding for Our Future

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First published on 01 December 2010 Posted in Business Office

On November 15, 2010, Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Evers, revealed his comprehensive plan “Fair Funding for Our Future” around the state.  The intent of this article is to summarize the proposal and how it would affect the School District of Chilton residents.

Some of the key components of the Fair Funding plan and what Evers hopes to achieve are as follows:

  • Increase guaranteed funding of all students from $1,000 to $3,000.  This would give the property rich districts, who in the past have received little to no aid, some aid to assist with the education of their students.
  • Move levy credit allocations to equalization aid.  Over the past six years, School aid has increased 1%, Categorical aids 20% and Levy Tax Credits 91%.  Levy credits are considered by the State a part of school funding.  The money allocated to levy credits is not distributed based on Equalized values, but rather by levy itself.  This causes a district to present an inflated levy rate to the tax payers.  The levy credit information is not given to school districts and as of the end of October, the information is not available.
  • Consolidate categorical aids.  Currently there are a number of small categorical aid categories.  This would combine all of the categorical aids and focus them on five high needs areas (Special Ed, High Cost Special Ed, Bilingual/Bicultural, SAGE and School Breakfast).
  • Maintain current growth to the Revenue Limits formula and establish predictable growth in state aids.  Currently $200 per pupil increase in the revenue limit formula is stated in law.  As was stated above, only 1% growth has been given to school aids over the past 6 years.  This plan looks to have the greater of 2% or CPI.

According to the information that was provided by Evers, Chilton district would receive a 4.4% increase in aid.  With this increase in state support, the 2010-2011 tax levy mill to our district tax payers would have dropped from $10.62 per thousand to $8.10 per thousand.  Chilton has not seen a tax rate this low since 2000 when the mill rate was $7.61 (lowest in 30+ years).

It is extremely early to assume that Evers' plan will be adopted fully or in part by the new legislation and at this time Governor Elect Walker has not presented a budget proposal, though his office has referenced the state’s $3 billion budget deficit.  K-12 education makes up 44% of the state’s budget, so one can only assume that education funding will have some changes.

I will keep you informed as more plans are released and additional information is attained.

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Jun292010

On-line Payment Option for Families Available

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First published on 18 December 2008 Posted in Business Office

The School District of Chilton continues to offer the program called e-Funds for Schools. This program offers various options for parents/guardians who choose to make payments on-line and is extremely user friendly. Not only do you have the ability to have various school fees and lunch payments electronically withdrawn from your checking account or charged to your credit card, you also have the flexibility to make a payment at any time through the school’s website. The e-Funds For Schools service is offered to you by a third party service provider and they charge for processing your payment(s), similar to other on-line banking services. The district does not request or keep records of family checking or credit card account information.

 

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Jul062016

2010-2011 Board Approved Budget Reductions

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First published on 23 February 2010 Posted in Business Office
Please see the attached updated budget recommendations that were approved by the Board of Education at their Feburary 22, 2010 meeting.  If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Martin at 920-849-8109.

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