Frequently Asked Questions
Why is the District in its current financial situation?
Based on revenue limits and the state’s school funding formula, the Kettle Moraine School District has not received the same level of funding per student as many other school districts in Waukesha County. This, combined with declining enrollment and rising fixed costs, has required the district to make budget reductions each year. For more information on school district finances, click here.
What can be done about the state’s school funding formula?
The Kettle Moraine school board has been advocating for a change in the school funding formula for several years. Last Spring, Superintendent Deklotz held Community Conversations on School Funding and several Kettle Moraine parents and taxpayers testified before the Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding about the inequities in the formula. The District will continue conversations with legislators on this topic.
Resources related to this topic:
- Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - School Funding Reform
What did the 2014 referendum cover?
Prior to 2014, the District’s Master Facilities Planning Process identified $85 million in facility and technology needs . A community survey informed the school board in pursuing a referendum of $49.6 million to fund projects related to safety and security, capital maintenance, technology infrastructure and learning space renovations. The community approved that referendum, and our schools and community greatly benefited from the support.
Here are some videos to highlight what the 2014 Facilities & Technology referendum accomplished.
Examples of projects that were not included in the 2014 referendum scope include outdoor facility maintenance projects and technical education / STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) spaces.
What will be impacted without additional funding?
- Reductions in staffing, beyond what is aligned to declining enrollment
- Reductions to programs and services for students
- Reductions in the ability to attract and retain high-quality teachers
This page will continue to be updated in coming weeks and months. Thank you for your interest and engagement in this topic.