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Appleton schools to get more state aid

The state is letting school districts know how much funding they should expect to get for the next school year, and Appleton could see one of the largest increases.

The department of public instruction is projecting that Appleton will receive more than $82 million. That's up nearly $7 million, or nine percent.

Appleton chief financial officer Don Hietpas says they won't know how will affect property taxpayers, until after the school year starts. He says they'll have a much better idea in October.

The district is receiving more funding, because it will be the second year of its four-year-old kindergarten program. The district had to cover the entire cost in the first year, and the state will pay a larger share in the second and third years.

Hietpas says the state is also responsible for a share of the district's increased revenue limit, in the wake of the February referendum.

Fifty-three percent of districts around the state are expected to receive more money, and 47 percent could see a decrease.

posted : July, 1st by WHBY


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