October 31, 2021 – Kewaskum, WI – The Kewaskum School District School Board has approved the 2021-2022 budget.
The budget, which stood at $ 28,665,976 (an increase of 0.56% from 2020) included preliminary budget revisions based on a decrease in the number of students, a decrease in the tax on parish vouchers and an increase in grants received by the district.
Last year’s budget was $ 28,506,883.
Two of the major grants in the budget included a $ 51,069 mental health grant to train teachers and counselors on how to best meet the increased mental health needs of students and a COPS grant of $ 180,262 to upgrade l District emergency radio equipment and school public announcement systems. .
The per mile rate for the Kewaskum School District is $ 7.02, which is a decrease of $ 0.48 or -6.45% from last year.
The district’s enrollment of 1,787 has increased by 36 students from last year’s September 3, 2020 tally.
The Kewaskum School Board also approved to maintain the school district fee of $ 11,299,763 at the same level as the previous year. By keeping the levy flat, the tax burden associated with the school district will not increase.
Due to the district’s fiscal responsibility and the use of levy management strategies, Council was able to allocate additional funds either to prepay district debt or to reduce potential tax increases in the district. to come up.
“I am delighted to see the Board of Directors taking a very proactive approach to using the royalty to prepare for the future. Many districts are using levy management as a way to either reduce district debt and save future interest payments, or alleviate future tax increases that may occur in the next biennial budget of the State, ”said Dr Mark Bazata, District Administrator of the
Kewaskum School District.
This year’s budget includes the use of federal COVID-19 relief funding (ESSER). “Because the state of Wisconsin will not increase the revenue limits, which determine district budgets, for the next two years, districts have been forced to use ESSER one-time funds to pay for increased costs. Unfortunately, these funds do not address the long-term financial challenges of the districts of the state, ”said Bazata.
According to Bazata, the Kewaskum school district will repay the debt as follows:
- $ 207,492 would be available to pay down debt in 2025 if it is not used to ease the tax burden before then.
- In Fund 38, the Kewaskum School District will contribute $ 238,447 in March 2022, which will leave $ 1,622,227.
- In Fund 39, the Kewaskum School District will contribute $ 1,140,000 in March 2022, which will leave $ 24,040,000.
Community members are encouraged to visit the district website under the About US page if they wish to share their thoughts on the district’s use of ESSER funds.