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Hmong American Immersion School planned for Appleton Area School District
Appleton’s elementary school options continue to grow. Planning is underway for the school district’s first Hmong school. It will be the district’s 15th charter school.

Oshkosh School Board expected to vote on Washington Elementary building sale
The Oshkosh Area School District school board is expected to vote on some key issues Wednesday night. Board members will vote on personnel and retirement changes, approval of a new banking partner, and the sale of the Washington Elementary School building.

New report finds educational funding referendums are passing at lower rates in 2024
Wisconsin is starting to see an uptick in the number of school district referendum questions on the ballot. Still, the number of those referendums that were approved this past election declined.

Fox Valley students participate in Fox Cities Chamber Career Expo
On Tuesday, More than 2,000 8th-grade to high school students from across the Fox Cities and 80 Businesses attended the Fox Cities Chamber Career Expo.

Wausau School District makes plans to cut staff and salaries to improve a $3.5M budget deficit
The Wausau School District has even more work ahead of them after a school board meeting where we learned the district has a $3.5 million deficit. The referendum passed last year isn’t going to fix it, which means cuts are coming.

Wisconsin voters approve just 60 percent of school referendums
On April 2, the Herman Neosho Rubicon School District in Dodge County asked voters to approve a $23 million referendum. The money would be used to consolidate the district’s two small, aging buildings into one site, with a projected savings of $16 million over 20 years. 

Green Bay School Board May Propose New Plan for Future of Facilities
Another version of plans to consolidate, close and build Green Bay public schools, particularly at the elementary level, could be ordered by the school board on Monday.

Another big election for school spending issues
The spring election of 2024 was another winner for school spending issues, showing voters are willing to spend on education in their local districts.

LMASD facility survey: Providing feedback on the future of Our schools
The Lake Mills Area School District’s strategic plan is focused on ongoing, continuous improvement designed to advance our mission and vision for student learning and organizational excellence.

Neillsville District Administrator Discusses the School Funding Process and Increased Need for Referendums by School Districts
With our busy election year here in 2024, many school districts, including here in Clark County, are asking residents to approve either operational or capital referendums.

Chippewa Falls Referendum Passes, Others Fail
Many school districts across the state of Wisconsin asked voters to approve referendums on the ballot during the spring election held Tuesday, April 2. Many of those referendums, 62 to be exact, were operational, which allow districts to temporarily raise their tax levy in order to fund day-to-day operations. Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District was one of the 62 operational referendums.

Board discusses potential post-referendum staffing
Board members weighed the pros and cons of next school year’s staffing changes and how they will affect various groups of students at the Monday, April 8 meeting of the Stoughton Area School District Board of Education.

Packers players make first stop on Tailgate Tour to a Manitowoc High School
Some Green Bay Packers players surprised Manitowoc High School students as part of their Tailgate Tour.

Lakeshore Elementary seeking donations for new playground
Lakeshore Elementary School is seeking help from the community in updating its playground so people of all ages and abilities can enjoy it.


School district leadership reacts to referendum passes, failures
Six school districts in Waukesha County put forward referendums on Tuesday. The Hamilton, North Lake, Pewaukee and the Washington-Caldwell school districts were successful. The Lake Country School District was semi-successful; one of their two referendums was approved; the Mukwonago Area School District’s $103.2 million referendum was not approved.

What's next for the Mukwonago School District in wake of failed $102.3 million referendum?
The Mukwonago Area School District is having to figure out its next steps after a proposed $102.3 million referendum was voted down April 2. Voters rejected the referendum on a vote of 5,406 to 4,595. If approved, the referendum would have built a new sixth- through eighth-grade middle school and renovated the district's elementary schools to create more space for 4-year-old kindergarten programs.

WBSD, HUHS receive technical education grants from Wisconsin Fast Forward Program
Gov. Tony Evers, along with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), announced on Thursday that 2,927 students in 17 school districts statewide will benefit from advanced manufacturing training in preparation for high-demand job opportunities thanks to grants from the Wisconsin Fast Forward Program. Two of these districts are in Washington County: The West Bend School District and Hartford Union High School District.

Architecture group shares results of school assessment
At a meeting Wednesday night at Antigo North Elementary School, an architecture firm briefed a community task force on an analysis they conducted of the district’s three elementary school school buildings.

Merrill School District referendum fails, now it’s back to the drawing board as some stay optimistic
While some school districts saw “Yes” on Tuesday night, others were experiencing deja vu as Merrill once again failed to pass another referendum. On Tuesday night, Merrill said “No” to a $16 million referendum aimed to move old buildings into better ones.

Monona Grove School District announces next superintendent
Monona Grove School District officials announced Thursday that they selected their next leader. Dr. Tanya Fredrich will serve as the next superintendent. Fredrich is the current assistant superintendent for the school district of Elmbrook.

Wisconsin Rapids officials warn Lincoln High School seniors not to participate in water gun challenge
A challenge created on Instagram that encourages Lincoln High School seniors to grab a water gun and their cellphone camera and target their classmates received a swift response from school district leaders and law enforcement officials Thursday. While the challenge seems innocent enough, officials warned students and their parents that participating could lead to fines, legal consequences and school penalties.

McFarland School District superintendent responds to failed referendum
McFarland School District Superintendent Aaron Tarnutzer has responded to the district’s operational referendum failing in the April 2 election.

School board meeting highlights guest speakers
The Verona Area School District (VASD) Board of Education’s Monday, April 1 meeting featured quite a few guests, including Core Knowledge Charter School student leaders, the Verona Area High School (VAHS) Black Student Union and Representative Mike Bare. 

OASD exploring health care insurance provider options
As the contract with Oconomowoc Area School District’s current health insurance nears its expiration date, it is looking at other options for the upcoming year.

Jefferson schools receives national recognition for music education support
The School District of Jefferson has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation from The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Luxemburg-Casco’s Locally Grown School Lunch
The Luxemburg-Casco (L-C) School District is among a growing number of districts – now more than 67,000 nationwide – to participate in the Farm to School program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Public invited to take part in MAPS Great Speaker Event
The Merrill Area Public Schools (MAPS) will welcome popular youth speaker, Cam Awesome, to the Merrill High School Fieldhouse on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. Local community members are invited to attend. Speaker Cam Awesome struggled academically and socially growing up; after years of anxiety and bullying, he joined a boxing gym to learn how to protect himself. In 2008, he won the National Championship and became the #1 Super Heavyweight boxer in the nation.

Legislative forum seeks to build bridges between statehouse and schools
Building bridges of understanding between policy makers in the state legislature and the concerns of local school districts is at the heart of the annual Boards of Education Legislative Meeting held Monday night at Medford Area Senior High School.

Rib Lake School Board looks at staff satisfaction survey results
At the Rib Lake Board of Education (BOE) Meeting on March 27, the Board received the results from a survey given to District staff members. This survey asked staff to rate statements from one to five. One was “strongly disagree,” and five was “strongly agree.”

Voters say yes
Voters in the Rib Lake School District approved a $19.5 million referendum to connect the middle and high schools, build a new gym and make other repairs and upgrades around the school buildings.

Spencer School District Opens Daycare Facility
While many were headed to the polls to vote, in Spencer they were cutting ribbons on Tuesday, according to Wyatt Williams with WAOW. "One thing we always wanted to consider was getting the infants and toddlers involved as well," said Mike Endreas, District Administrator of the Spencer School District.

Grafton voters approved school district borrowing
Voters gave Grafton School District officials the green light to borrow $11.14 million in a referendum on the ballot Tuesday. The referendum was approved 59.97% to 40.03%, with 4,841 votes cast.

Students welcome new law requiring WI schools teach Hmong and Asian American history
Students at Hmong American Peace Academy in Milwaukee proudly wore traditional Hmong clothing soon after Governor Tony Evers signed a bill into law requiring k-12 schools to teach Hmong and Asian American history.

Greeted in Hmong at a Madison school, Evers signs Asian history bill
Schools statewide will now be required to teach students Asian and Hmong American history under a bipartisan bill Gov. Tony Evers signed into law Thursday. 

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