DPI: Stevens Point Gets Big Increase in Funding
By Patrick Lynn
The Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction (DPI) this week reported the Stevens Point School District would see the largest increase of all districts receiving state aid- to the tune of $1.9 million.
The state has allocated almost $4.5 billion for general school aid in the 2014-15 year- a 2.1 percent increase in general aid compared to last year.
The state is required to release aid estimates by July 1 each year so schools can begin work on the upcoming year’s budget. A final budget won’t be prepared for several months, however, as additional per-pupil funding can’t be determined until the district has information about the number of students enrolled.
“That’s the magic number, that third Friday count,” Tom Owens said the School Board in June.
Owens, business affairs manager for the district, said the district’s budget, including several line items within it, can’t be completed until schools have an accurate count of students. He said counting the number of students on the third Friday of each September is the soonest, most accu-rate count possible during the school year.
The DPI will certify state general aid amounts for 2014-15 based on audited 2013-14 data. Estimated general aid to districts might change, according to the DPI.
The department’s July 1 aid estimate does not include per-pupil categorical aid that will be paid in March 2015.
The appropriation for that aid is $127 million, which is $150 per pupil, a $75 per-pupil increase over the 2013-14 per-pupil amount.