The state giveth and the state taketh away.

That pretty much sums up the feelings of Green Lake School District Administrator Ken Bates these days.

On one hand, Bates is fairly optimistic the district could gain flexibility on collective bargaining, with the state of Wisconsin seeking to remove some of those privileges for teachers and other public employees.

This could end up generating some savings.

But on the other hand, Bates worries about proposed losses to the district’s taxing authority, which could hurt a small school already facing a deficit.

“The pendulum had to swing back and give school boards more power over their operations [regarding bargaining], but in exchange for that, we’ve got newer restrictions to revenue limits that don’t empower school boards much,” Bates said. See local stats in the March 24 Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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