Target 2 Survey: School Administrators in Their Own Words - WBAY

Target 2 Survey: School Administrators in Their Own Words

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Below are the responses from school district administrators across Northeast Wisconsin asking about Act 10 and the 2012-13 school budget. Answers are organized by (1) when teacher contracts expire (2) alphabetically.

Answers in quotations are direct e-mail responses.
Answers without quotations are paraphrased from phone interviews.

Teacher contracts that expired June 30, 2011

Algoma
Act 10 helped, hindered?
Must give credit first to the teachers. Act 10 gives flexibility.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13?
Not as ugly as some. Six years ago the district passed referendum $350,000 beyond revenue limit. District is using parts of its fund balance, looking at another referendum in the coming years.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
Several, but not a lot.

Campbellsport
Act 10 helped, hindered? 
"The provisions of Act 10 allowed the district to offset a substantial decrease in state aid by significantly reducing employee compensation through increased retirement and insurance contributions, which resulted in a 0% local tax levy increase. If you believe that teachers were previously over-compensated, then yes, Act 10 has helped the district taxpayers. The long-term effect on the district's ability to attract and retain good teachers remains to be seen. The ability to non-renew teacher contracts without having to meet a "just cause" standard and to layoff teachers by considering factors other than seniority has benefited the district."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "
The biggest budgetary concern is the potential of another significant loss of state aid. Act 10 included a one-year "hold harmless" provision of 10%, which meant that a district could have a reduction of no more than 10% of state aid. This year, the hold harmless provision returns to 15%. If our district loses another 15% in state aid, either local property taxes will increase significantly or we will have to significantly reduce spending. The only way to significantly reduce spending is to decrease total employee compensation again by requiring even high employee contributions towards insurance benefits and/or reducing the number of employees. If we are fortunate enough not to lose state aid, we will be able to balance our budget without increasing local property taxes. Unfortunately, we will not receive an initial aid estimate from the state until July 1, which makes planning for next year very difficult."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal? "
Yes, we will likely layoff at least three teachers (out of 115 total) due to fluctuations in student enrollment."

Fond du Lac
Act 10 helped, hindered? "We were able to maintain our staffing levels while addressing $4.4 million shortfall. Our employees contribute more toward insurance and WRS, but we have been able to maintain staff positions, the most critical piece to helping kids achieve."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We anticipate a budget shortfall of $600,000 to $700,000."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal? 
"TBD"

Freedom
Act 10 helped, hindered?
It's given more flexibility, primarily how the district manages the day, how teachers receive extra pay, the school calendar. With the handbook, we haven't made major changes.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13?  No budget issues. We're lucky. Enrollment is increasing. We're taking one year at a time.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
No

Howard-Suamico
Act 10 helped, hindered? "
It has allowed for additional flexibility in operations. For example, the District calendar was formerly subject to collective bargaining. This year, however, we worked with an advisory committee and arrived at a calendar without the need for a ratification vote."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "The District is currently in the developmental stages of creating its 2012-13 budget. Due to how revenue caps were established in 1993, Howard-Suamico is one of the lowest spending school districts in WI on a per pupil basis. On a macro level, Howard-Suamico School District is focused on preparing its graduates for the global knowledge and information age – a fast paced and dynamic era in which many of the jobs of tomorrow do not exist today. Simultaneously - in the wake of the 2008 recession - our state and local municipalities are coping with the realities of a fragile and slowly recovering economy. In response, we are striving to exercise sensitivity to economic conditions while balancing strategic decisions in support of progressive programs, adequate resources, and quality staff. To remain viable, the District continues to explore how it creates instructional value, pursues innovation, manages human capital, achieves efficiencies and adapts to shifting conditions. In addition to mounting economic pressures and unprecedented reductions to educational funding at the state level, planning must account for:
-Increasing government regulations
-Escalating healthcare costs /impact of national healthcare
-Changing student learners (i.e., digital natives)
-Growing online social media and virtual technology options
-Increasing globalization and demand for 21st century knowledge, skills and literacies
-Evolving workforce expectations
-Transforming political climate
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal? No, individual teaching contracts for 2012-13 have already been issued to teachers and returned. All teachers under contract for 2011-12 who had not already announced their retirement or resignation, or who were not on a limited term contract, were offered a reaching contract for 2012-13.

Kaukauna
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"N/A"
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13?  "There are no anticipated budgetary issues."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We do not anticipate any layoffs or notices of non-renewal. In fact we anticipate hiring additional staff for the 2012-2013 school year."

Kiel
Act 10 helped, hindered?
It's helped. We're working collaboratively wand the board is listening to the needs of teachers. There are certain things, policy-wise, we had to abide by with changes to Act 10.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? A budget deficit of $235,000 – partly because of a loss of state aid. We are currently developing salary packages; the board will address in May.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
One administrator, four full-time teaching staff because of a decline in enrollment.

Manitowoc
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Act 1-0 has provided new ways for us to reduce our budget to meet the reduction in state aid and revenue cap authority.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? MPSD had to reduce its budget by $2.4 million next year." Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal? .The school board has approved layoffs of 20.4 teaching staff.

Neenah
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Our district has always approached our budget carefully and with a focus on our students. In Neenah, concessions including premium pay for insurance as well as contributions to the Wisconsin Retirement System are examples of how provisions were used. Additionally, and likely most districts in Wisconsin, conversations concerning our Other Post Employment Benefits (OPEB) are taking place."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We are in challenging times right now. Our Board of Education remains committed to student learning. They are also committed to attracting and retaining our high-impact staff. Addressing those ambitions while being faced with balancing our budget has been a focal point of conversations."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
.4 German, .1 Art ; addition of roughly 4 staff to maintain class size.

New Holstein
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Little too early to tell long-term, however we did make adjustments to the benefit packages to help us save over $400,000 this year. I think taking seniority out of the picture for lay-off/recall purposes will improve the level of accountability for teachers. We also now decide the calendar for students. It was bargained before."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Increasing health care costs."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Yes, we will be reducing 5 positions."

Niagara
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Yes, the handbook has helped districts financially. Formally negotiated items, that would take months to resolve, no longer take as long to complete (ie changes in insurance, district calendar, various fringe benefits etc.) As an educational institution, we have focused on student data and appropriate curriculum goals, more than ever before. From the other side, the handbooks have not helped the culture and climate in schools between staff, school board, and administration, due to political tensions."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Budgetary concern is the small amount of revenue being added to next year's per pupil amount (approximately $50 per student). In our small district, this amount will be enough to cover the increased cost of energy. On the new state budget, we will still struggle to maintain fund 10 resources although retirements, non-renewals, and changes in insurance occurred."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"To maintain fiscal health, our board already approved partial and full non-renewals for 3 staff members heading into next year, on the heals of numerous staff retiring last year."

North Fond du Lac
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"It has changed the dynamic between the District Administration, Board of Education and Educators. Our District continued to work together, even before the expiration of our collective bargaining agreement. Relationships and working together are important regardless of the laws of collective bargaining. I think that as time continues, our District will solidify trust between the Board, administration and educators and this new environment will help public education and our schools."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We are in significant monetary issues due to tremendous cuts from the state and federal aid and have not been able to recoup that loss (over $1 million on a $16 million dollar budget last year). Our District has been financially frugal and responsible (for the past 2 decades) and has been cutting for the last five years. Next year our District will run in a deficit and will look to restructure more or cut services in the 2013-2014 school year if our school aide is not changed, the economy does not grow and we continue to have declining enrollment. The next biennial budget 2013-2015 is going to be a very big factor in how schools will look in the immediate and distant future."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"This year no, next year possibly 5-10 educator positions may need to be cut."

Sevastopol
Act 10 helped, hindered?
In general, we have worked ourselves through the process and worked well together. There are some good aspects and some bad.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? Depends on funding from the state. If it's true it's an increase or $50 per student, that's "a very skinny band aid on a problem."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
No. We've had staff reductions in prior years and are operating on minimum staffing numbers.

Waupaca
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Teacher contributions towards their retirement lowered district expenditures. Waupaca teachers have always contributed 15% towards their family health premium so district expenditures were not lowered for that purpose. The Board of Education is about to set the 2011-2012 salaries using the Department of Revenue determined 1.64% cost of living increase."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Decreasing enrollments and the related loss of state aid will be the issue. The district has plenty of capacity under the revenue limit but taxpayer ability to pay remains an issue."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Perhaps due to decreasing enrollments."

Teacher contracts expire June 30, 2012

Ashwaubenon
Act 10 helped, hindered?
It's been a collaborative approach.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? State revenue limit is going down, fuel is going up. There's only so much you can put on your staff.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
Some, preliminary, not significant.

Berlin
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"The biggest benefit to the district has been the ability to explore new health insurance options. The negative impact has been the amount of uncertainty staff feels because for the first time they will not be relying on contract language to define their jobs. They are worried about what differences a handbook will create."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We will still be making some cuts for next year. Part of that is due to the loss of federal jobs bill money."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We anticipate no layoffs at this time."

Brillion
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"The district has been helped to deal with issues as they arise as opposed to how the contract says they have to. The district has a better ability to address personal and compensation issues with more flexibility. However, the district had flexibility under the master agreement, so not a huge change."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Still waiting on final numbers from the state. The issue is more of one relating to adequately compensating teachers. We are already a low spending district. To stay that way, we are running into problems keeping up with compensation packages that are competitive."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"No."

Chilton
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"The provisions of Act 10 have helped the School District to gain "control" of our insurance carrier and insurance plan. Previously, these items were negotiated. As insurance costs have a significant impact on the District's budgetary planning, this has been helpful."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Our Board has passed resolutions to be placed on the November ballot for a non-recurring (3 yr.) operational referendum. If this referendum does not pass, we will be looking at significant reductions in programs and staffing. We have been consistently reducing our operational budget for the past 5-7 yrs. We believe that we are at the point where we cannot continue to reduce without affecting class sizes and programming opportunities for our students."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We already have an administrative position that has been noticed for non-renewal at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. I anticipate that there will be other positions to follow for non-renewal as well."

Coleman
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"It allows us more flexibility in staffing. Much more authority is given to the board and board policy."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We should be okay this year, but after that we will have to cut staff and programs. The increases in costs exceed the revenue stream and there will be no place left to go."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Not in 12-13."

Denmark
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"No comment at this time."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We will probably use $400,000-$500,000 of fund balance for the 2012-2013 school year."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We have cut over $1.5 million since 2004-05. Most of those reductions have been done through not hiring teachers or support staff after retirements. However, some have come through layoffs of support and professional staff. The Administrative staff has gone from 8 people to 5.5 during that time. So, we really don't have a lot to cut anymore. We recouped the cost of health insurance and retirement the past year. The State still has not addressed the issue of declining enrollment districts and with many low spending districts dealing with the difference between expenses in providing a quality education and the lack of revenue to meet these challenges. There is still a huge discrepancy between school district per student spending in the State. In addition, the tax levy credit is taking $$ away from most students and school districts and providing tax relief for many districts that spend the most. Much more of this information on Association for Equity in Finance. http://www.waef.net/index.cfm"

Gillett
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Act 10 has helped in some aspects, yet been harmful in others. The general state aid decreases has really hurt a district like ours that relies heavily on state aid. On the other hand, we have been given the tools to trim our budgets, for example by looking at benefit options and reducing expenses there."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "I am anticipating a $500,000 plus deficit for next year if things stay the same. Obviously we are looking at cutting our expenses to balance the ledger."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Layoffs have gone out, we are looking at limited cuts."

Kimberly
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Act 10 is very complex. It caused problems and solved problems. The district has done the best it can to support student learning, address community tax concerns and meet the needs of employees."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "The district has created a balanced budget for 2012-13."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Enrollment-based layoffs."

Kohler
Act 10 helped, hindered?
It's given flexibility. Has it helped or not? That question keeps coming up. It's too early to be asking that question. We will discover over time.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? Projecting reductions of $80,000, pretty small.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
No. Retirements are helping adjust.

Marinette
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"We are still in the process of handbook development."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "The state's 2011-13 budget for public schools has created a challenging situation for sustaining quality services."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We are trying to utilize attrition to meet the demands of the state revenue reductions."

Menasha
Act 10 helped, hindered?
In terms of management of responsibility – we're moving to a new health plan, high deductible will save considerable money.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? Looking at a deficit, trying to get it under $1 million. State aid is a big factor – a "big blow."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
No. We've gone through three years of layoffs. The board wants to catch its breath. We're expecting to use about $400,000 from the fund balance.

Mishicot
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Currently examining these questions as we develop the handbook." Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "The combination of less state aid due to declining enrollment and less state aid available state wide along with reduced revenue limits due to changes in the revenue limit calculation and the decrease in per pupil revenue since 2010-11 will result in an estimated budget deficit for 2012-13.  The district is looking at all areas of the budget to determine where cuts will be made and where revenues can be generated in order to reduce the estimated deficit."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"At this time, the following is known:  Two teachers on one-year contracts will not receive contract extensions.  We will additionally have a lay-off of 1.52 FTE."

New London
Act 10 helped, hindered? "
The handbook and Act 10 provisions provided greater clarity and consistency to the employment conditions of the various work groups that had previously been covered by differing Collective Bargaining Agreements.  The process also engaged the Board and employee groups in discussions around the best ways to accomplish our common mission of success for all students.  There was healthy dialog throughout the process."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13?" Equity in school funding has been a long-standing issue in this state.  It existed well before Act 10 and has not been addressed with its passage.  Although Act 10 provided options to control the expense side of the equation, dramatic reductions in school funding along with inequitable distribution formulas still exist.  Last year we cut $2 million from our budget.  This year we are anticipating $1.5 million reduction.  There is the potential for another reduction of $1 million in fiscal year 2013.  Unless something is done to resolve the funding side of the problem, residents can no longer expect the same level of service going forward."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We are in the process of laying off 8 individuals for next school year.  Last year we had 15 staff members retire and did not replace nine."

Oconto
Act 10 helped, hindered?
It's helped the district and given much more flexibility with health insurance saving the district $500,000.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? Less state aid, dropped employee salaries for custodians, vacations cut for administrative assistants.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
$425,000 worth of layoffs.

Omro
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Created flexibility to explore insurance options, however, this may have been done without Act 10 as well. Allow adjustment assisted the district adjust with the 2011-22 budget to balance with the 2011-13 state budget cuts."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Frozen revenue limits. Inability to control revenues is frustrating when the district is limited in its ability to control rising expenses even after Act 10."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Not at this time, however, final decisions have not been made."

Pulaski
Act 10 helped, hindered?
More flexibility to balance budget. It's important, the board understands, the value of our employees. We've had far less money than we've ever had.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? $150,000 deficit (not enormous). Not much more we can cut. Every district is struggling with erosion of support for public education.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
Not determined, won't be substantial.

Ripon
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"We have continued to work collaboratively with the teachers and support staff to provide a positive working and learning environment for the benefit of our students."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Continued declining enrollment requires continued budget cuts."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"No."

Seymour
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"The verdict is out."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Revenue caps have been tight to say the least."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Reduction in force not by layoff, but attrition."

Shawano
Act 10 helped, hindered?
With a loss of school funding, it's helped address several areas like health insurance and WRS.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? Very sound because of pre-planning.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
No. We have a slight enrollment growth in the elementary and primary grades.

Sheboygan
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Make no mistake… State funding was cut for districts via the budget repair bill. We had to cut millions from the budget last year and we had to resolve our budget issues largely by not replacing 40 teachers who retired."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We are being asked to do more with less resources. We have made changes in our handbooks that will impact employees. Remember, the districts are able to have employees pay into their retirement and pay a higher percentage of their insurance. However, the states cut funding to schools and essentially taking that money for the State and not the school district. We really tried not to impact the kids. One has to ask the question of how long districts can continue to ask their employees for concessions while attempting to balance school budgets?"
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Not nearly the levels we have experienced via retirements. We expect just a few layoffs this year because of declining enrollment."

Shiocton
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Yes, the handbook has allowed us to reduce costs so we can absorb the cuts imposed upon us by the state."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We are doing OK with our budget for two reasons. One is that we have had a slight increase in enrolment each of the past four years. Two is that our taxpayers passed a non-recurring referendum two years ago that allows us to surpass our revenue limits so we can pay our operating expenses."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We are not anticipating any layoffs or non-renewals."

Valders
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"The one way developing the handbooks has helped the district is that people within the Valders Area School District, including administrators, support staff, teachers, and school board members had the opportunity to meet together, during numerous hours, to completely review the contents of the master agreements. Throughout the time, the committee members were able to determine what could be carried over into the new handbooks, as well as discuss what was not practical. Committee members were able to share their thoughts, and have time to understand other committee members' perspectives while working in a collaborative manner."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We are waiting for more guiding information. For example, while we have an idea of how to determine the CPI, we still do not know how to compute base wage."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"At this time we do not."

Wautoma
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"The provisions in act 10 have allowed the District to make up all the rules.  It has allowed the Board to make up lost state aid through taking away wages and changing insurance plans.  The average teacher is taking home 8% less pay than they were 1 year ago.
- It has allowed the Board to make staffing decisions based on performance rather than seniority.
- Act 10 has hurt the District in that it has hurt morale.  In the past all work rules were mutually agreed upon by both parties.  Now, employees have no say in the process and they are taking home less money.  In Wautoma, our Board has only changed the things we needed to change to improve learning and to keep us financially solvent.  We value our employees and want them to know that."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "With the cut in State aid and the limited per student increase we have grave concerns that we will no longer be able to keep optional programs intact.  We have been fiscally conservative since the implementation of cost controls in the 90's. We have not replaced staff as they retired, cut coaching staff, and have added responsibilities to existing staff.  With the price of energy soaring we are concerned that we may be short in the 12-13 school year."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We will not be laying off anyone this next year but will not be replacing some staff that are leaving."

 Contracts expire June 30, 2013

Bonduel
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Helped" is a difficult concept to relate to given all of the implications. Act 10 caused serious disruptions to all aspects of our school district. Instead of the normal 2 or 3 retirements there were 14 retirements. Teachers took major reductions in net pay due to payment of more health, dental, and retirement benefits along with many other changes."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? Although the "tools" offset the severe cutbacks in state aid last year, there are no new "tools" for this year to offset the ongoing losses in federal and state support. As a result there will be very difficult budget decisions once again this year with staff reductions anticipated and no offsetting retirements after the large number from last year. I anticipate two or three teacher layoffs will be necessary. I have been the administrator here since 1989 and have observed the effects of the revenue limits imposed in 1993 erode the district's revenues since that time. The resulting losses to revenue after nearly 20 years of reductions have seriously affected schools and appear to be a further attempt by some legislators to erode the ability of public schools to provide quality education to the State's students which seems counter intuitive to the need for a quality workforce."

Clintonville
Act 10 helped, hindered?
N/A
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "We do expect budgetary issues due to declining enrollment and a huge drop in state funding over the years."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Not at this time."

Crivitz
Act 10 helped, hindered?
Not helped. "In fact, because of the existing contract with professional staff, Crivitz was not able to offset any of the state's education budget cuts with corresponding savings from benefit or compensation cuts. Fortunately, the professional staff did agree to voluntary concessions for the 2012-2013 school year, if they become necessary to balance the District's budget."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "The budgetary issue that will be difficult to deal with, is related to the District possibly having to use a portion of its fund balance to hire elementary teaching staff in an effort to lower class sizes which increased due to the state's cuts to education funding last spring. The high school is impacted as well. Crivitz is a small rural school district and it is difficult to maintain sufficient elective choices at the high school in years without budget cuts. It can be easy for folks removed from the day to day operations of public schools to see education as a dollars and cents budgetary exercise. It is important to remember that K-12 education is more than a budgetary item and that it exists for the students, so it is they who suffer when education funding is cut at the levels we saw last spring. It should also be noted that public schools have been trimming budgets and doing more with less since revenue limits were instituted in the 1990's."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal? "No., There is little room to lay off or cut positions in 2012-2013. Crivitz School District allowed 8.5 teachers to retire without being replaced last year in an effort to deal with the state's cuts to public education funding."

De Pere
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"The board has not adopted a handbook as we currently have a master agreement with the teachers."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? We are still working on our budget for next year."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We have laid off one teacher."

Gibraltar
Act 10 helped, hindered?
We've had reductions of $554,000. We haven't had reductions to programs or teachers in more than a decade. We've cut costs and used parts of our fund balance.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? A referendum is helping override.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
No.

Green Bay
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"Handbooks provide clarification regarding work rules. In that sense, handbooks are beneficial to both the administration and to employee groups. Act 10 requires the district to increase contributions to health insurance plans and mandates employees pay their share of the WRS."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? The district is project a $9 million deficit "due to shortfalls in revenue received from the state."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Nonrenewals/layoff notices will be issued no later than April 30, 2012 if staffing needs so dictate. Because the district is currently in the midst of the staffing process, it would be premature to comment."

Green Lake
Act 10 helped, hindered?
Helped with employees making payments to retirement, shifted health care plans, saved some, but not enough to match the cuts.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? We're expecting a deficit of $125,000 or higher. Looking at other insurance options to save money and taking money out of our fund balance.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
No.

Hilbert
Act 10 helped, hindered?
Everything that Act 10 would have done (WRS, insurance), it did help last year with flexibility.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "This year is tougher since employees have already given up the increased costs. We are working on have to make some cuts.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
One teacher reduced to part-time.

Kewaunee
Act 10 helped, hindered?
N/A
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Must reduce budget by 4% due to reduction in state aid and revenue limits."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Yes."

Lena
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"I believe it will provide some benefit to the district, specifically in the area of insurance selection."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "State aid not covering increases in expenses. $4 fuel prices, 6-7% increases in the cost of insurance."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"No. We have reduced our staff three out of the last four years."

Oconto Falls
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"We suspect that it will give us more flexibility with personnel, but cannot confirm that at this point in time."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "For the second year in a row, we have a significant budget shortfall. Some of the tricks and one time savings that were used to balance the budget last year cannot be used this year."  
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"Yes, we issued layoff notices to six teachers and will not be replacing a couple of others that retire."

Peshtigo
Act 10 helped, hindered?
"With the district under contract, impact of Act 10 is still unknown. However the district is anticipating greater flexibility in a handbook environment v. contract environment."
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "State aid has been decreased over the last few years and it is anticipated that local levies may have to be increased to make up the differences."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"AT this time, no layoffs are anticipated. However, as support staff employees resign or retire, the district hasn't been replacing these positions, or have not contracted out for related services."

Stockbridge
Act 10 helped, hindered?
Helped with $70,000 in savings but $70,000-$80,000 still need to be cut (5-10% of the budget).
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? Large open enrollment takes into account, puts the budget on hold.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
Several retirements will help us.

Sturgeon Bay
Act 10 helped, hindered?
It's helped financially. The real issue is funding education.
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? This is the third year of a three-year referendum. Next year won't be an issue. If we don't pass another referendum, the following years will pose big questions and result in major cuts.
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
No

Two Rivers
Act 10 helped, hindered?
N/A
Expecting budget issues in 2012-13? "Our budget is pretty well under control for the next year. We did some long range planning knowing this year was going to be tough."
Anticipate any layoffs or preliminary notices of nonrenewal?
"We will have one or two layoffs due to declining enrollment at the high school."

*The Appleton, Hortonville, Oshkosh and Southern Door school districts did not provide data after repeated requests.

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