If Gov.-Elect Tony Evers’ 2019-2021 Fair Funding proposal is approved by the state Legislature, then school districts such as Ripon will receive additional state aid.

   Based on a document released on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s website, the Ripon Area School District could received an additional $706,657, which would be a 5.3-percent increase from its current level of state aid.

   However, the school district isn’t banking on receiving these dollars.

   Superintendent Mary Whitrock explained this isn’t the first time a proposal has come forth that included changes to the state school funding formula that would give more aid to school districts.

   “A proposal came out quite a few years ago with recommended changes to the state school funding formula and that proposal didn’t move forward,” she said. “We are waiting to see what happens this time around.”
Though the district is taking a wait-and-see approach with Evers’ proposal, she noted the “additional funding from the state would be welcomed.”

   Read the full story, which includes the school districts need for more state aid, in the Dec. 6, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.