The Superior school district could take a hit in general school aid in 2019-2020, according to estimates released Monday, July 1, by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
But estimates show Maple and Solon Springs school districts would get a bump in general school aids.
General school aid estimates show the Superior school district losing more than $1.1 million when compared to aids received this year, a 3.6% drop. Aid is estimated at about $30.7 million for 2019-2020.
Superintendent Amy Starzecki said because property values are a part of the formula for general school aids, she believes the local tax levy will make up the difference. The district’s business manager was not available for comment.
“The factors that comprise the general equalization aid formula are property valuation, enrollment and shared costs,” DPI spokesman Benson Gardner said. “Changes to any of these (locally and also statewide) impact whether general aids for a particular district increase or decrease.”
Maple, which would receive about a 14% increase with more than $6 million in aid, and Solon Springs would receive an additional an 8.1% increase with about $1.3 million paid by the state.
General school aids are the largest form of state support for public schools in the state.
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.