Madison – Governor Scott Walker traveled to Oakfield today to visit Oakfield Middle School/High School. While there, he highlighted the significant K-12 investments included in his Executive Budget proposal, including $649 million in new state aids for all of Wisconsin’s K-12 schools and an increase in per pupil categorical aid by $509.2 million. The governor’s budget also lifts total K-12 investment to $11.5 billion over two years, an all-time high.
“Wisconsin’s fiscal house is back in order,” Governor Walker said. “In fact, we now have what we call the Reform Dividend to invest in our top priorities to continue moving Wisconsin forward. One of our primary focus areas as we look towards the future of our state is student success, which is why we’re investing more money into education than ever before in the history of Wisconsin. Oakfield School District benefits directly from this investment and it’s great to be here today to talk with students, teachers, administrators, and parents about the positive impact this funding will have on the school district and community at large.”
The Oakfield School District is estimated to receive approximately $7.36 million in funding from the state under Governor Walker’s biennial budget, including:
- An increase of $288,108 in Per Pupil Aid. Governor Walker’s budget increases per-pupil funding by $200 in Fiscal Year 2018 and $204 per pupil in Fiscal Year 2019, which marks the largest increase since the 2005-2007 biennium.
- An increase of $108,622 in Sparsity Aid. Sparsity Aid provides $300 per pupil of additional funding to small rural school districts that have less than 745 pupils and a population density of fewer than 10 pupils per square mile of district attendance. Governor Walker’s budget proposal also creates a $100 per pupil tier of sparsity aid funding for districts with 746-1000 pupils, which provides additional stability for school districts that hover around 745 pupils buffer.
The Oakfield School District may also be eligible for further funding under Governor Walker’s budget proposal, such as mental health grants, energy efficiency incentives, and special needs grants.